Information is abundant and free; collating the threads of its different parts becomes the scarce source of value. It may interest us all to know that this was the premise of Time Magazine when it was founded.
Pepsi annexed graphic elements of the Obama campaign's logo. Mario Lavandeira lifted the name of an exhibitionist heiress, gave it a Latino twist, and emerged with staggering success. The appropriation of brands is epidemic, and the Internet is only making it worse.
If Perez Hilton's goal was to shame Carrie Prejean with his question at the Miss USA pageant, mission accomplished. But if the goal is to ultimately win greater support for marriage equality, that mission is failing.
"There will always be people saying, 'Oh my God, you sound just like Jewel', because I'm a girl playing guitar, but it doesn't bother me -- I know there's a difference, and I know that people who actually 'get it' know it too".