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Is Exclusivity Over-rated in a hyper-social world?

Exclusivity was once the most expensive right one could purchase, when it came to intellectual property. In practical terms it’s far cheaper to employ or pay off a creator for a right to license (while allowing essentially worthless means of exploiting or expressing control) than it is to buy-out the full rights of anything. But […]

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Dataesthetic Principles of Networks, Form and Design

The primacy of information in all aspects of life requires a new understanding of aesthetic values.  The nature and scale of this change, from an industrial to information driven world, has deep implications, already reflected in visual design.  New realities have transformed aesthetic systems, so it’s useful to consider a dataesthetic perspective. Form and function […]

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2006: The Tipping Point?

If 9/11/2001 was the catalyst for the end-game of Western Civilization, 11/2/2006 could arguably be considered the tipping point, when the transformation became both obvious and inevitable.  For the first time in a generation, political spending on television had little to no impact on electoral results.  The masses couldn’t be scared, intimidated, or lied into […]

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Principles of The New Deal

Given what we know about the needs of artists, the demands of the market, and the nature of our networked society, we can easily imagine deals that work to the mutual benefit of all involved, fairly compensating everyone for their contributions in a timely and appropriate manner.  Other disciplines and industries have found great profit […]

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Defining the Post-Modern Media Label

Just because there are no smart, modern recording labels, doesn’t mean we don’t know what one looks like.  First and foremost, a successful label requires expertise in selling music, and some objective means of connecting artists to fans.  To this end, the label must know who the leaders are in every aspect of retail sales, […]

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Music, Media and Design

Every new media is resisted by the established “old” media.  When old business models begin to fail, the law or precedent is used to manipulate and control new ones.  While underlying concepts of intellectual property, and the basic constitutional framework our laws are based upon are as relevant as ever, money and the unenlightened self-interests […]

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Escape From The Blogosphere

Since the turn of the 21st Century, the text journal, or “web-log” foreshortened to ‘blog, has been a popular format for discussion and even dissemination of news!  Aside from the novelty and joy of knowing 40 other people recognize your handle, the phenomenon differs little in substance from the long-established “vanity press”.  It’s difference in […]

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Micromedia

Not surprisingly the common domains around the term “micromedia” are occupied by microscopic entities unrelated to media in the conventional sense.  Still the concept behind the phrase remains valid: one key to developing the info-economy is development of laser-focused media outlets where the content, the specific information, is the magnet.  Micromedia leverage visibility and access […]

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Flexibility and Compensation in the Network/Data Age

Lets start with the obvious, easy changes afforded by a wired economy.  Many people have no reason to perform their job from a desk at headquarters.  Phone and cable service costs less to your home than your desk at work.  Most people already have one or both, and would be happy to pass on those […]

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Why We’re Letting Go

As we’ve already made clear, our economy is now network-driven, and since bits are increasingly as valuable as atoms, one’s capacity to generate or deliver bits establishes one’s net “info-worth”.  The best bits (i.e. bits with inherent value) are still those made the old-fashioned way: some human being must create them.  Setting aside differences of […]

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