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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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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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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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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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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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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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