Speech is free. Writing costs.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #19|
Will we type more than we speak?
When people discuss "free speech" they are usually talking about its possible political rather than its actual economic price. Other than commercials, we rarely have to pay money in order to speak; reading is another matter. In centuries past publication was well beyond most people's budgets. Earlier, carving on stone tablets was, at least in terms of work hours, expensive. (Perhaps it is no coincidence that writing has invariably developed along with a currency, giving rise to conjecture that writing methods may have begun as accounting systems. Instead of the wisdom of the ages, could our first recorded words have been tax code?)
For the first time in modern history reading and writing are free: anyone with access to a public WiFi outlet and a tablet or laptop can enjoy and contribute to the world wide web's cornucopia of text, including this blog, at zero cost.
Speech and writing are free.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #20|
Even free, most poetry is overpriced.