Blog Posts on David Bollier, _Think Like a Commoner_, Chapters 4-6


8 thoughts on “Blog Posts on David Bollier, _Think Like a Commoner_, Chapters 4-6

  1. In chapters 4-6 the main idea was about finding a balance between private, public (government), and the commons. Bollier argues that these three parts are all interdependent and that the commons aspect is becoming too small compared to the private and public areas. Privatization is becoming an issue, it is enclosing the commons. For instance, Bollier criticizes copyright, he says it is limiting creativity. He also says culture cannot thrive without a commons of shared creativity. The essence of culture is imitating, extending, sharing, and transforming earlier creative works. By not allowing people to share these intellectual ideas it hurts and encloses the commons. Customs is also a vital element of the commons, it is a cultural code that unifies social ethics of a community. Customs allow the community to link to previous generations and establish a stronger commons. Bolier challenges us to find better ways to protect the commons and the values they subtly produce. By protecting and restoring the commons will create a better balance in the community and lead to a better society.


    • 2 points (second posting of that week). Copyright is always an interesting, though complicated, issue regarding the commons. Where the line discouraging creativity and encouraging creativity (as well as compensating artists) is a difficult one, though Bollier clearly thinks we’ve gone too far in discouraging creativity.


  2. In Think Like a Commoner by David Bollier, he talks a lot about what the commons are in the first few chapters. For me, this was kind of a hard concept to wrap my brain around for some reason. How can something not be owned by someone, but the more I thought about it it started to come together more. We see commons everyday we just don’t think about them being commons. In chapters 4-6 Bollier focuses on finding balance between having the commons and privatizing. Bollier discusses how we are privatizing to much and we are losing the commons and how we should have a fair balance of these things. I would have to agree with Bollier because I don’t think that people should be able to claim everything. Somethings should just be excepted for how they are and we as humans should just have the rights to have these privileges. Such as discussed in class how the happy birthday song for the longest time it wasn’t a common but now it is.Things like that should just be commons because that is silly to put restrictions on that.


    • 5 points. That’s a good point that much of the difficulty of understanding the commons comes from our unfamiliarity with the idea. That goes to show how much we have lost a sense of the commons in our culture and how awareness is a key component to reviving the commons.


  3. Think Like A Commoner by David Bollier discusses the ideas of the difference between private and public and the idea of the commons in general. I never thought this concept of the commons would be very complex until we discussed the idea during class. Everyone seems to have to their own opinion on the commons and privatization becoming an issue in today’s society, where as I find myself not really understanding the concept well enough to form my own opinion. On the other hand, I do believe and understand that the commons are necessary for a community to function properly as a whole because without something essential in common, like the air and the natural resources, we would have nothing to help tie us together and to force us to work together globally as a community. David Bollier stresses the idea of strengthening the commons a whole in order to create a better and more unified society. I agree with his concern, and I think that as we move forward and grow as a society, we need to keep this idea of the importance of the commons in mind in order to really make great strides in our future society.


  4. In chapters 4-6 in Think Like a Commoner Bollier talks about how the commons and how it has become too small compared to the private and public areas. The commons has been overwhelmed by private and public areas which actually hurts the public as a whole. An example of this would be the public’s creativity because the people cannot share their creative works with others. He says that copyright has restrained people from creating. If we were to focus on making the commons more of a presence within everyone’s lives we could grow as a community and also have a much more creative life style.


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