Economia da Informação

A escalada dos novos monopólios

Posted in Sem categoria by Flávio Clésio on 14 de novembro de 2010

Este texto do The Wall Street Journal apresenta de forma muito didática como se dá o estabelecimento das novas formas de monopólio na internet, e porque a dependência dos serviços dos monopolistas (leia-se Google Inc., Facebook, e afins) é um perigo em potencial.

Este artigo é um aviso bem elucidativo para quem desconhece, ou mesmo negligencia a economia da informação, pois, através da utilização dos exemplos do artigo pode-se ter a dimensão do impacto de um monopólio informacional na vida das pessoas.

Sobre o monopólio na economia da informação o texto afirma que:

“Market power is rarely seized so much as it is surrendered up, and that surrender is born less of a deliberate decision than of going with the flow […]”

Sobre o engodo inicial e o desenvolvimento essa parte responde:

“We wouldn’t fret over monopoly so much if it came with a term limit. If Facebook’s rule over social networking were somehow restricted to, say, 10 years—or better, ended the moment the firm lost its technical superiority—the very idea of monopoly might seem almost wholesome. The problem is that dominant firms are like congressional incumbents and African dictators: They rarely give up even when they are clearly past their prime. Facing decline, they do everything possible to stay in power. And that’s when the rest of us suffer[…]”

E sobre a conveniência do discurso que essas corporações inovam o texto não deixa passar:

“Info-monopolies tend to be good-to-great in the short term and bad-to-terrible in the long term. For a time, firms deliver great conveniences, powerful efficiencies and dazzling innovations. That’s why a young monopoly is often linked to a medium’s golden age. Today, a single search engine has made virtually everyone’s life simpler and easier, just as a single phone network did 100 years ago […]”

E finalmente quem paga conta para que os monopolistas tenham o seu império:

“The costs of the monopoly are mostly borne by entrepreneurs and innovators. Over the long run, the consequences afflict the public in more subtle ways, as what were once highly dynamic parts of the economy begin to stagnate[…]

In the Grip of the New Monopolists

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