Tag Archives: Free Culture

Whose Rule is it Anyway? An Intro to Digital Citizenship

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the term Digital Citizens. That term is typically used to talk about how people in the real world are learning to incorporate technology into their lives in order to engage in social, community and political activities and efforts. Avenues for this participation include social networks like Facebook, […]

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Eloh Eliot Surfaces Briefly

THE METAVERSE, 17 June — Legendary Open Source Avatar Skin designer Eloh Eliot surfaced briefly today. So briefly that if it was anyone else it probably wouldn’t even be worth reporting, but for this reporter there isn’t a more important person in The Metaverse. If Philip Rosedale’s insight was the power of UGC, then Eliot’s […]

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Creative Freedom

NEWBIE BLOGGER INITIATIVE, 31 MAY — Wow, month’s end already! I’d like to do one more piece for the fabulous Newbie Blogger Initiative, and it should probably be one of my most passionate topics, Creative Freedom, sometimes called Intellectual Property, although I personally reject that term. I reject that term because I believe If it’s […]

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The Kickstarter Conundrum

YOUR WALLET, 13 March — Last month Kickstarter’s co-founder Yancey Strickler famously, or now infamously, told Carl Franzen of Talking Points Memo that “it is probable that Kickstarter will distribute more money this year than the NEA.” (National Endowments for the Arts) Kickstarter will distribute over $150 Million to user’s projects. NEA’s FY 2012 budget […]

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http://diasporadical.com/2010/12/16/time-person-of-the-year-is-zuckerberg-not-assange/ http://www.hulu.com/watch/202005/saturday-night-live-a-message-from-mark-zuckerberg It was really only a few years ago that everything I produced was Copyright All Rights Reserved. Then I met Jay Dedman. Then I met Micki Krimmel. Then I met Jon Phillips. Then I met Richard Stallman. Then I timidly dipped my toe in the waters of Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike. And for […]

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Maurizio Cattelan

Hey Everybody!! I got another postcard from Vaneeesa! She did an interview with the Italian bad-boy artist Maurizio Cattelan and he sent her a giant crate! She says that now the artist is the art! Aero Bigboots 100 Bayshore Drive Biscuit Bay, An Li Second Life Hi Aero, I did a phone interview with Maurizio […]

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Secondary Creators

I’ve already said a lot about Free Culture. I just want to make 2 finer points: the one made by Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute in his video above, and another slight variation on this idea of “secondary creators.” Copyright is a cultural compromise: instead of letting a culture make the most use of […]

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Easy to Break & Easy to Fix

The 20th century was the age of mass media, a gigantic, top-down, few-to-many mode of transmitting information, of creating culture. The bulk of global media was famously controlled by a half dozen rich white guys. I don’t know about you, but they didn’t speak for me. Before the mass age, communication came from the family, […]

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Culture is Virtual

NEW CALEDON, 22 September — When human beings interact they create culture. Culture in physical space; culture in virtual space. Peter Farb’s marvellous book Humankind has a photograph of two prison inmates in cells next to each other, the separating wall prevents them from even seeing each other’s face, but their hands extend through the […]

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