Fundamentally, a society that asks questions and has the power to answer them is a healthier society than one that simply accepts what its told from a narrow range of experts and institutions.
We are entering an era of unprecedented choice. And thats a good thing.
Talent is not universal but it is widely spread: Give enough people the capacity to create, and inevitably gems will emerge.
Order it wrong and choice is oppressive; order it right and its liberating.
Blockbusters are the exception, not the rule, and yet we see an entire industry through their rarefied air.
Broadly, the Long Tail is about abundance. Abundant shelf space, abundant distribution, abundant choice.
In a world of infinite choice, not context content is king.
The ultimate cost reduction is eliminating atoms entirely and dealing only in bits.
The Web is the ultimate marketplace of ideas, governed by the laws of big numbers.
Never underestimate the power of a million amateurs with keys to the factory.
A Long Tail is just culture unfiltered by economic scarcity.
In an era without the constraints of physical shelf space and other bottlenecks of distributions, narrowly targeted goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare.
For the first time in history, hits and niches are on equal economic footing, both just entries in a database called up on demand, both equally worthy of being carried. Suddenly, popularity no longer has a monopoly on profitability.
Our growing affluence has allowed us to shift from being bargain shoppers buying branded (or even unbranded) commodities to becoming mini-connoisseurs, flexing our taste with a thousand little indulgences that sets us apart from others.