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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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Microeconomic Shift: Reinventing the Workplace

After the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 it’s curious that so many American jobs have moved overseas, while US corporations seem only interested in service jobs, like retail and data centers.  Large concentrations of people mean large targets, and larger liabilities.  Yet these represent the kinds of jobs being created today.  The off-shoring of jobs is […]

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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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Database Content and Creative Code

As a form, cinema has always had enormous potential to express rich, interior character perspectives, and deliver emotional content.  Audiences have always been quicker to suspend disbelief in theatrical environments, and realism enhances the experience.  The cool air, acoustic isolation, and darkness of the room, the cushion and contour of the seats, and the sheer […]

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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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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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