Heh, that’s funny. 'Cos all I see here are farmers complaining they aren’t getting the whole pie. (which is itself an arbitrary hypothetical allocation at this stage).
Point being is that the current net has adverts and middlemen. We can have a net that doesn’t have any of that. The SAFE net. Directly paying for viewed content – whatever it is, however popular that is – frictionlessly.
Wouldn’t that be lovely?
I think something a lot of the anti-PtPs are missing is that the current internet is based on ads. And those ads track you. That’s how ad value is derived. Without the ads, a lot of the internet as it is wouldn’t exist. There would be much less content, much less data.
As @whiteoutmashups is saying: without data, there’s nothing to farm.
But another point is that without some basic rate of PtP there will be ads. (yes there may be ads anyway, but let’s try and avoid that). This ads will be more annoying and of lower quality as there can be no tracking. Which will lead to a much worse user experience than the current internet, which in turn will lead to less people using the network and so forth. So again, less things to farm.
If you think ads aren’t a problem, then just check if you have an ad-blocker enabled.
(and you can google what it ‘costs’ publishers eg: https://blog.pagefair.com/2015/ad-blocking-report/).
As a consequence of that we’re all now being harassed and harangued and ‘popped up at’ to encourage de-ad-blocking or subscribing or yes: paying!
Which conceptually isn’t bad, but IMO pop ups are the bane of the internets. I hate them and any site hijacking my reading gets closed. FAST.
Tipping: it doesn’t have to be a huge amount. In fact something insignificant might be better and this rate allows for simple ‘Tipping’ on top of it. But the point could be that even without ads, if someone writes something, makes a video etc and it explodes and becomes mega popular, they are justly rewarded for all of those views. Maybe they get tipping on top, maybe they just get the safe equivalent of $100 for 26 million views (an amount I would call: far too little). But that’s still better than nothing. And it requires no user action.
Yes we can tip on top of this. Perhaps it will work. If culturally we can get that to be the norm. With frictionless apps (always pay 1 safe per view). All of this depends on how generous viewers are. But the seamless nature of it would be key (I think).
But for the ‘pay per like’ crowd of PtP rewards: I personally think everyone is overestimating how many users will take such action.
Example: A two year, pay-what-you-want (incidentally very good) book: Butterick’s Practical Typography, where only ~ 1/1000 people donated.