On the Commons

Commons Magazine

On the Commons
  • Follow On the Commons on Twitter
  • Fan On the Commons on Facebook
  • Donate to On the Commons

Stay connected: sign up

Media and Internet

The Internet offers an unparalleled opportunity for generating and expanding the commons in many ways. The mass media, often relying on free use of the airwaves, is a powerful public resource that too often represents the views of a narrow strata of society. Thinking of communications itself as a commons opens up broad new possibilities for sharing information and insight.

Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?

July 22, 2014 | by David Morris

Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and some states want to control local affairs

You No Longer Have to Own Everything You Use

May 14, 2014 | by Jay Walljasper

Leland Maschmeyer on creativity, sharing and the 21st Century Economy

Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?

July 22, 2014 | By David Morris

Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and some states want to control local affairs

You No Longer Have to Own Everything You Use

May 14, 2014 | By Jessica Conrad

Leland Maschmeyer on creativity, sharing and the 21st Century Economy

Leland Maschmeyer on Why You Don't Have to Own Everything

May 14, 2014 | by Jessica Conrad

How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

May 4, 2014 | By David Morris

Publicly owned networks in cities across the US preserve net neutrality and provide quality service

Why Do I Work So Hard?

March 27, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

Two starkly different visions of life's meaning from a pair of car ads

A Whole World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

February 9, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

The School of Open helps us navigate the immense resources of on-line learning

The Slow Unnatural Death of Our Personal Space

January 8, 2014 | By David Morris

Deregulation brings us cramped airplane seats and increased TV ads

Why Brewster Kahle Archives the Internet

December 16, 2013 | by Jessica Conrad

And works toward creating universal access to all knowledge

How to Create Wealth: Monetary, Spiritual or Psychic

July 20, 2013 | By Timothy Noah

Jonathan Rowe's brilliant meditation on the shared, non-commercialized realms of life

Why I No Longer Give Away My Music

June 6, 2013 | By Bob Ostertag

How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads

Stay connected: Sign up!