Looking forward, he says it is time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.
In an interview with Nieman Lab, Lanier argues:
If you have universal backlinks, you have a basis for micropayments from somebody’s information that’s useful to somebody else… Every backlink would be monetized. Monetizing actually decentralizes power rather than centralizing it. Demonetizing a network actually concentrates power around anyone who has the biggest computer analyzing it.
Monetizing decentralizes power. Perfect! Americans love freedom and money.
I also love to provide information that might be useful to somebody–like this very article–thus, I am fully behind a workable micropayments system that rewards me (and others) for being prolific and readable.