Topic 5: Behind the scenes of free content

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Before doing on this topic, I have never thought about how free content could have an impact on us.

In Joey’s post, she discuss about ‘satire’, how certain content online available might not be credible. This made me think, should there be a system of evaluation for online content even though it is free? In this article, they talked about how we should have internet social contract [1]. I feel that idea of contract might be feasible, as certain schools have created online learning where students learn from online materials (like the module we are taking now), so educational content must be credible. Maybe the government can have a system of making content free for certain users like underprivileged students and developing countries. For example, in my comment at Siew Woon’s post, I mention about how Canada is offering open textbook project for their students. And the video below talks more about it

Also watch this video for another example of free education:

In traditional paid content, it is said to be credible and beneficial for content producers hence maybe they could market their content by providing free trials like Photoshop or Spotify.

And that brings me to the next point in Siew Woon’s post where she talked about streaming of music. In spotify, a trial period is created where users are able to enjoy the premium treatment for free before purchasing it.

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However in the music industry or entertainment industry it is difficult to get users to buy music or movies because there is illegal platform. So how exactly does artist makes money? In this article, they said that artist are able to make money through endorsement and concerts. [2]

Hence there isn’t a winning side of whether free content is more advantage or disadvantage. Take a look at the video below, explaining about how users will still purchase content online:

Here are my comments on Joey’s and Siew Woon’s post.

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[1]: Kurbalija, D. (n.d.). In the Internet We Trust: Is There a Need for an Internet Social Contract? Retrieved November 12, 2015, from

[2]: Wallop, H. (2014, May 7). Here’s How Pop Stars Make Money Now That People Don’t Buy Music. Retrieved November 12, 2015, from

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