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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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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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Entertainment Corps Marching Backwards on the Road to Nowhere

Major record labels and movie studios are marching backwards, retreating from past success and fleeing the field.  As we move from an industrial to information economy, the ground rules and goal posts have moved.  Most significantly, wealth is no longer derived from scarcity, but from ubiquity.  Value is closely linked to the size of one’s […]

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Closed Sources Create Self-Inflicted Crisis

In academia, appropriation through citation is the norm.  Wide berth is given borrowing to advance the broader arts and sciences.  Shakespeare borrowed liberally from passion plays and referenced works of contemporary dramatists.  Culture itself is built on the propagation of ideas, as evolution is driven by the instinct to propagate species.  How odd that in […]

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Balancing the Rights of Creators and Consumers

Questions of authorship can obscure the real interests of artists and society.  The notion of “intellectual property” is based on a balance between a creator’s rights and social benefits.  This equation originally presumed a human creator, and proprietary rights were based on life-spans.  In the 20th Century corporations, with unlimited life-spans, intentionally attacked this rationale, […]

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Authorship in the Post Modern World

Who is the creator of a song made in an application like Acid or Garageband?  To whom do we attribute performance credits?  For home users, this may simply be a great party argument, but for musicians, labels and developers the question has deep implications and no easy answers. There are some clear dividing lines: for […]

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The Politics of Data

How, when, why, and where we connect ourselves and our agents (phones, iPods, PCs, cars, refrigerators) to networks is a truly political issue.  The politics transcend the regulation of which frequencies are used for your wi-fi and your bluetooth and your phone(s), or environmental regulations on how things are made or how to dispose of […]

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Letting Go: How Bits are Crippled Through Control

Attempts to control, horde or restrict information is anachronistic and counter-productive in the data age.  In extreme cases, it can be dangerous.  This is not, as some might suggest, because information wants to be free.  It’s simply the nature of bits: Their power and value is derived solely through application.  We can channel, pool and/or […]

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Persistent Memory Encouraged by Retroactive Analysis

One useful and powerful tool is retroactive analysis and mining of historic data.  There are enormous libraries, which heretofore were maintained solely by expensive, explicit effort.  Most of the film shot, printed and used by mankind is now in landfills.  What remains will only be preserved through digitization, functional metadata for authentication and sourcing, and […]

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