Bandits and philanthropists

The web is minting both, in quantity.

Bandits want something for nothing. They take. They take free content where they can find it. They fight for anonymity, for less community involvement. They want more than their fair share, and they walk past the busker, because they can hear him playing real good, for free.

The spammer is a bandit, stealing your attention because he can get away with it, and leaving nothing in return.

Philanthropists see a platform for giving. They support the tip jar. They argue for community standards and yes, for taxes that are more fair to the community. They support artists online, and when they can, they buy the book.

The artist who creates a video that touches you, or an infographic that informs you—she’s giving more than she gets, leaving the community better than it was before she got there.

Both types have been around forever, of course. But the web magnifies the edges. It’s easier than ever to be a free rider, to make your world smaller and to take. And easier than ever to be a big time contributor, even if you don’t have any money. You can contribute your links or your attention or your energy…

The fascinating thing for me is how much more successful and happy the philanthropists are. It turns out that when you make the world smaller, you get to keep more of what you’ve got, but you end up earning a lot less (respect, connections, revenue) at the same time.

Seth Godin on bandits and philanthropists

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"I do not care what car you drive. Where you live. If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone. If your clothes are this years cutting edge. If you are A list or B list or never heard of you list. If your trust fund is unlimited. I only care about the words that flutter from your mind. They are the only thing you own. The only thing I will remember you by. I will not fall in love with your bones or skin. I will not fall in love with the places you have been. I will not fall in love with anything but the words that flutter from your extraordinary mind."
Andre Jordan (via lunaoki)

(via ruineshumaines)

"Marge: Don’t worry Lisa, you could still go to McGill, it’s the Harvard of Canada.
Lisa: Anything that is the something of the something isn’t the anything of anything."
"Jackson stands out for his “fantastic libido” and highly productive semen"

Many of the young elephants in America’s zoos have been sired by only one bull. Conservationists hope that 15 litres of frozen elephant semen, awaiting export from South Africa, will help freshen up the gene pool. (via theeconomist)

1 litre = 2.1 pints of ice cream

(via theeconomist)

"A blank sheet of paper is God’s way of saying it’s not so easy to be God."
Absent Things as if They Are Present, Longform (via nevver)

(via nevver)

"If you can bring nothing to this place
but your carcass, keep out."

William Carlos Williams, from “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” (via proustitute)

I think this would be tasteful on a welcome mat.  It certainly beats a red wheelbarrow.