Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Steven Pruitt

Meet the man who has edited a third of the Wikipedia articles in English and written more that 35,000 himself.  His mother was from the Soviet Union, and he cares about free information. Apparently he's getting comments that he's a nerd and crazy.  He shrugs it off.

1 comment:

Texan99 said...

His material needs are taken care of and his work fulfills him. Crazy, no?

People say the problem with free markets is that everything of value is reduced to a money measurement. That's not it at all. It's about letting people decide for themselves what, if anything, they'd need to be paid in order to do something that offers a benefit almost exclusively for others. If your work strikes you as something you'd like to do for its own sake, that's what you do. If you'd go hungry otherwise, you may have to combine it with some kind of paying gig. Only then do you have to consider diverting some of your energies to something that isn't your own top priority for spending your time. Let's say you get a big charge out of improving the level of information that's freely available to your neighbors. Cool! Spend your time on that instead of working for Microsoft and buying a condo and a Jaguar.