He creates some very good, liberating ideas. It's wonderful that he can get paid to speak to a bunch of people who want to get rich quick off the Internet and tell them that they are a bunch of drones. ;->
On reality -
"Reality itself IS open source."
On media -
"How do we come up with consensus? How do we decide what this reality is? Media. Media is where we negotiate the standards -- not just media standards -- reality standards."
On content -
"Content is not king. The people are."
On dotcoms -
"The mainstream media will tell us that the Internet is dead... it's like a beachball that lost its air. No... it's like a tree that just fought off a fungus."
I can't tell you how much I agree with the last one. He made a very good point that these dotcoms have brought us little of real value. Did they bring us email? Usenet? The web? Did they do much of anything to empower us or make it easier for us to use the Internet for what it is all about -- communication and sharing? No. They just tried to control it and make money off it. We don't need them, and we're better off without them.
Frankly, I hope this technology downturn drags on for a few years. It is the best thing that could have ever happened to the open source movement. People can once more start working on cool things just because. These can be the best days ever for anyone who wants to subvert the existing media, wrest back control, and return it to the people. While all these moneygrubbers proclaim that the reality has changed and that it is "the end of free" on the web, that is completely not the case. It's the end of them, not the end of free. A new form of media is coming, and we're it. Personally, I couldn't be happier...