Re: Micropayments, Micropayments, Micropayments (and NO ads)
I think of the Internet now in terms of what happened to Usenet (spammed to death; the absolute destruction of the 'commons' by malicious intruders) and the arrival of European sailing ships at Pacific northwest coast salmon spawning grounds.
The Russian square-rigger set itself up at the mouth of the river. Native villages were cannonaded until all resistance ceased. The crew strung nets and blocked the entire river mouth, harvesting all the returning salmon. After two seasons, the runs ceased. All the fish had been taken.
The Russians sailed home, sold their salted catch and made fortunes for all involved. Next season they returned to a different salmon ground. Cannonaded the native villages until all...
History repeats itself. This time it's the digital spawning grounds. Nothing changes.