Over at the Verizon Policy Blog, Link Hoewing has a sharp piece up entitled, "Of Business Models and Innovation." He makes a point that I have often stressed in my debates with Zittrain and Lessig, namely, that the whole "open vs. closed" debate is typically greatly overstated or misunderstood. Hoewing correctly argues that:
The point is not that open or managed models are always better or worse. The point is that there is no one "right" model for promoting innovation. There are examples of managed and open business models that have been both good for innovation and bad for it. There are also examples of managed and open models that have both succeeded and failed. The point is in a competitive market to let companies develop business models they believe will serve consumers best and see how things play out.
This is called progress!