Pleased to see more and more of these because it’s important for people to gain awareness of this major issue in our culture, and they seem to do so bit by bit. This article is almost like an abridged version of Lessig’s Free Culture - it nicely sums up the answers to the most common arguments raised by advocates of perpetual copyright:
Argument 1: "But why shouldn’t someone get to own their own ideas? They created them, after all."
Based in an understanding that creations are not uniquely birthed from the mind of a single individual, but rather the results of a massive collective sharing of cultural ideas over thousands of years, it made sense for their creation to be set free again at a later date.
But now copyright seeks to protect individuals, not ideas. In fact, its purpose is to restrict the free flowing of ideas, to prevent cultural exchange, for the profit of the few. Copyright itself is the threat to future creativity, attempting to artificially restrict that most human of actions: sharing ideas.
Argument 2: "People need a financial incentive to create. If you take that away, it will harm creativity."
The idea that creativity is only feasible if there’s a financial reward is abundantly demonstrably false. For someone to make their living from creative pursuits relies on some sort of financial return, yes. Creativity is not dependent on its being one’s living.
Just watched it. Jesus. Still feeling sick.
Went on Wikipedia to see what it said about the Hottentot Venus/Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman, found an interesting quote under the “Sexism” section:
From the very beginning of the scientific revolution, scientists viewed the Earth or nature as female, a territory to be explored, exploited, and controlled. By giving the foreign land a female gender this allowed the rape and exploitation of this land to be seen as natural.
A really difficult film to watch. After Blue Is The Warmest Color and The Secret of the Grain, this is the third film by Kechiche I’ve seen. Gave it a 7/10 on IMDB.
My dad is a programmer and his colleague (let’s call him Dave) got a call today from a former client of his, a multinational telecommunication provider. They said that a program they have been using for years, written by Dave, hasn’t been working for the past few days and they can’t figure out why. It’s been a while since he made the software and he has almost forgotten all about it. Nevertheless, he agreed to check the code and see why it stopped working all of a sudden. A couple of lines into the code, he noticed a command saying that if the date is 1/1/2014 or later, the program will crash. Next to it there was a comment: “If the person fixing this in 2014 is Dave, he failed in life.”
Just listened to Camp for the first (three) time(s).
Been playing Because The Internet almost exclusively (along with Beyoncé- I never said I didn’t like her music! It’s a great album, with some ridiculous moments- don’t know about you, but I can’t help but laugh every time I hear the part "My diamond- flawless/My *rock*- flawless") for the duration of my ski trip. Meticulous sound design makes you listen to it over and over again, exploring new layers and little surprises each time.
My first contact with Donald (iamdonald) was via Community. I caught a few minutes of an episode when it aired on national TV and found it extremely stupid. Then a couple of months later, it was summer and my brother called me from the seaside telling me that he started watching Community, that it’s hilarious and that I had to watch it with him. Skeptical at first, I gave in and started watching the show from the beginning. Turns out you really have to get into it to get their humor (kinda like The Office), and it also turned out that the episode I caught on TV a few months earlier wasn’t really a representative one. So yeah, I started liking the show. Sure, it’s silly, all the characters are goofy, especially Troy, and then came an episode in which Donald was shirtless and I was oh. okay. There was also the Troy&Abed rapping episode, and my brother told me Donald is also a musician IRL. Later on came the Instagram crisis and by reading about it I found out that his new album is coming out soon (as people have said before, nice marketing move). As noted above, I love the album. Donald’s voice is starting to really grow on me, and I love his lyrics (there has been talk about how he has these lines where you’re not sure if they’re witty or trite, but I don’t really care). Creativity-wise I’d compare him to my (currently) favorite female artist in that aspect, Kimbra (kimbramusic). I’ve read the screenplay that goes with the album - nothing special, but I like the fact that he’s doing something different (it took me probably three times as long as it would normally take me to read ~70 pages due to having to read it while listening to the album).
I’ve also read some of his interviews - he seems to really be taken by the way the internet is affecting our culture, which is why I look to him as one of the (new) ‘internet artists’ to lead the music/creative industry to a solution for (not) paying for digital music/creative content. This is a question that’s been occupying me for some time now- I’m also currently reading Lawrence Lessig’s (lessig) Free Culture which examines this issue. Finding out that (arguably influential) artists like Childish Gambino have that kind of an “open” attitude towards the internet and the way it’s changed the industry that employs them gives me hope that a mutually satisfactory outcome of the ongoing dispute between the creative industries and the internet will soon arrive.
So bad. This film was an insult to my intelligence. Seriously, at one point the narrator (DiCaprio) started explaining what IPO is (and stopped midway because it was “getting too complicated” for the audience) (??)
No substance whatsoever, visually disappointing, the “”humor”” relies on dumb gags and dim-witted “”jokes”” which is no surprise when you consider the fact that the author of the screenplay mostly writes for TV. Not only was the script lacking in quality, but it explained EVERYTHING that’s happening onscreen (complete with a reading of the Wikipedia page on Quaalude). I could’ve kept my eyes closed the entire time and not miss a thing.
Tiring repetition of nearly identical “excess” scenes seemed entirely unnecessary (money, drugs and sex. We get it. Can we move on now? Oh, it’s the end of the film already. I mean, finally.) I’ve seen people saying that these serve as a “character study” - repeating the same exact outline over and over again doesn’t add to the picture. I really liked Scorsese’s The Aviator, Shutter Island and Hugo, but this is just plain stupid. I lost all hope for the film after McConaughey’s character was taken out.
It’s like a longer, dumber, more explicit reinterpretation of Catch Me If You Can.
Mentally excruciating 180 minutes.