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Monday, October 11, 2004
  If a tree falls in the woods...

Okay, this may be the most briliant question I've asked in this blog.
If I have the TV on downstairs, but I'm not watching it, what is the value of the information transfered? I'm paying the utility costs, power costs, of having the TV on, the producer/sender has assumed all of the costs of producing the information and for transmitting it...But I'm not there to receive the information, what is the information's value?

This is a question I will be pondering. It is exactly parallel to "if a tree falls inbthe woods, but no one is there to hear it". But in this case, I am paying the money to receive the information. I'm just not receiving the information. All of the costs of producing the show are there, and I am paying all of the energy costs to receive the information, I'm just not in the same room. I'm not watching the info I'm paying for. What is the value of the info?
The costs of providing me the info are measured/captured and the costs to me to receive the info are measured, at least in some respects. But, I am not receiving the information. What is the value of the info?

I will explore this further, but I really wanted to put the question out here. I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time thinking about it, I just wanted to provide you guys the same opportunity. What is the value of a show that presents a tree falling down, I have the TV on, but I'm not watching it. Did the tree make a sound? Did someone make money?

It dawns on me that the same can be asked of a blog post that no one reads - does it have value? It may to me, and certainly my ISP or blogger or someone is paying some fractional cost to host the post, so it has costs associated with it, but if no one reads it does it have any value? 
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