This makes me think the sweet spot for fame — the peak of the popularity Kuznet’s curve, if you will, trading off exposure for income — is at a lower income level on the internet than in offline media. Legacy media, at this point in the transition from print to online, is welfare reducing:
[T]he blog has been a source of tremendous artistic satisfaction. I enjoyed being relatively uncensored, and interacting with the readers on fun topics. That’s why I will continue blogging, albeit less controversially. I’ll just do it less often, especially over the holidays. It’s hard to tell the family I can’t spend time with them because I need to create free content on the Internet that will lower our income.
If ever there were positive externalities that needed subsidies, they would be those provided by the Dilbert Blog!