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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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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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Spreading Data to Spread Wealth

It’s worth considering an alternative approach to intellectual property, based on original principles in the constitution (as opposed to narrow commercial interest).  Starting from the assumption that work can be automatically identified in or out of context via watermarks (digital data that can be recovered even if the song is distorted or remixed), and that […]

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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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Historic Examples & Cultural Foundations of Dataesthetics

The mechanical, gear driven engine was surely both engine and mediator for the economy and design style best exemplified by the Bauhaus in the early 20th Century.  From that singularity arose an ideal that is best expressed in the phrase “form follows function.”  dataesthetic philosophy is derived from a similar convergence at the dawn of […]

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A Rationale for Database Driven Design & Dataesthetics – a sidenote

One obvious matter in this discussion: Who really needs another philosophical or artistic movement?  In our cut and paste world, it would seem to make more sense to adopt ad hoc strategies that fit current needs than any over-stretched construct.  Upon examination it’s easy to see that dataesthetics presumes the existence of many valid paradigms, […]

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The Non-Crisis

A key feature of early 21st Century life is the Non-Crisis – any disaster, real or imagined is scaled and amplified to industrial scales.  The most obvious example is the crisis of Weapons of Mass Destruction.  We presume that contemporary ability to kill on large, industrial scales is a new, unique and in some respects […]

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Dataesthetic – A Fresh Perspective on Aesthetics and Cultural Change

Definition: dataesthetic da·ta n (takes a singular or plural verb) information, often in the form of facts or figures obtained from experiments or surveys, used as a basis for making calculations or drawing conclusions (n) information, for example, numbers, text, images, and sounds, in a form that is suitable for storage in or processing by […]

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