At this point, you should have read the
online paper, Homesteading the Noosphere
by Eric S. Raymond.
(If at all possible, read the Raymond paper online instead of printing
it out; then reflect on issues related to a "paperless society" and
reading online vs. hardcopy. If you want to download the paper in
one chuck, go up a level from the given link.) Raymond's
paper ranges far and wide over the territory of ideas, or Noosphere
. Much of the paper
describes pioneering activities and patterns of those activities within
the territory of ideas. But in places, he also prescribes
structures that should guide the ongoing exploration of this
I want you to analyze and critique Raymond's assessment of the
open-source situation. In particular, I expect you to consider
whether or not norms and tendencies in the "real" world are shaping
behavior in the idea world. Then based on your determination,
discuss whether or not that transference (or lack thereof) is a "good"
thing. Your position should be fully established and supported on
the basis of
claims made in the paper and your reasoning about those.
Refer to the general comments
these assignments for reminders on what is expected.