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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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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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The Data Economy

While we have spent a lot of time discussing new media, we’ve devoted relatively little to it’s interface with the new networked information economy.  As in design, data is reshaping the flow of value and money.  The most radical notion: the most valuable things are those which cost the least!  Ubiquity, not scarcity, is a […]

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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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