I have a review of Chris Anderson's Free in the new edition of Prospect. With admirable irony, the piece is only available to paying subscribers. Now that's what I call a business model. But in any case, here is the conclusion:
The challenge he poses is to work out which elements of his exaggerations are worth taking seriously. We can argue endlessly about exactly how far Moore’s law will permeate or how long it can continue into the future. We can argue about how close to zero marginal cost production needs to be before zero price is possible. It is up to businesses themselves to work out where to draw the line. But one has to accept that Anderson has a point, even if he doesn’t know when to stop making it.
There's something I find mildly irresistable about Chris Anderson, not unlike the allure of the aggressive neo-liberal. I've already attempted a political critique of 'free' in this piece and had a go at his 'end of theory' in a previous blog posting. I'm not quite sure where I'd be without him, in fact.
As Tom notes in the comments below, the article is now freely available. So your eyeballs are now free to wander over the text, unhindered by economic necessity, save only for the subliminal messages and tie-ins that Prospect will be scattering alongside it in the hope of paying their rent...