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Blogs, wikis and creative innovation


  • John Quiggin

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In this paper, I will argue that blogs and wikis are indeed highly significant, but more as instances of a new mode of innovation than as a direct replacement for existing communications media. This new mode has been christened the ‘creative commons’ and both elements of the name are significant. Innovation in the creative commons is driven by a set of motives (desire for excellence, self-expression, altruism and sheer enjoyment) that may be broadly classed as creative rather than monetary or organisational. The products of this innovation are a common pool, which users can draw on freely and replenish and extend with their own contributions.
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  • John Quiggin, 2006. "Blogs, wikis and creative innovation," Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers WP1P06, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsm:pubpol:p06_1

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    1. Quiggin, John, 1993. "Common property, equality, and development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 21(7), pages 1123-1138, July.
    2. Frey, Bruno S & Jegen, Reto, 2001. " Motivation Crowding Theory," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(5), pages 589-611, December.
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    1. Gaudeul, Alexia & Mathieu, Laurence & Peroni, Chiara, 2008. "Blogs and the Economics of Reciprocal Attention," MPRA Paper 11298, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Hayley Watson, 2011. "Preconditions for Citizen Journalism: A Sociological Assessment," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 16(3), pages 1-6.
    3. John Freebairn & John Quiggin, 2010. "Special Taxation of the Mining Industry," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, pages 384-396.
    4. Patrick Avato & Jonathan Coony, 2008. "Accelerating Clean Energy Technology Research, Development, and Deployment : Lessons from Non-Energy Sectors," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6528.
    5. Jason Potts, 2013. "Evolutionary perspectives," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy, chapter 3, pages 26-36 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. John Quiggin, 2012. "The Economics of New Media," Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers WPP12_1, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.

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    blogs; internet; innovation;

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    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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