Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade in the Digital Age: A Cultural Analysis of the International Trade in Content Items

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Akron Law Review


Though my heart may be left of centre, I have always known that the only economic system that works is a market economy. This is the only natural economy, the only kind that makes sense, the only one that leads to prosperity, because it is the only one that reflects the nature of life itself. The essence of life is infinitely and mysteriously multiform, and therefore it cannot be contained or planned for, in its fullness and variability, by any central intelligence. What is at stake is the cultural identity of all our nations. It is the freedom to create and choose our own images. A society which abandons the means of depicting itself would soon be an enslaved society. [N]ow that the genie is out of the bottle, it is very hard, if not impossible to stop it. Computers exchange information. Information is data. Data is the convergence of everything. Barriers mean nothing any more.

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