The Spice Girls performed in Vancouver on Dec 2 to launch their 2007 reunion tour. Of course, youTube has been flooded with crappy cellphone video clips of the concert. I tried to select three videos which were the least shaky, had the least amount of crowd singing, and had the best clevage shots. Unfortunately, every video was of poor quality. I guess we’ll just have to jerk it to their old music videos instead. You remember, back when they were young and hot. Well at least now they have that M.I.L.F. sexiness, if you’re into that sort of thing.
In the past I’ve vented my anger with media conglomerate Viacom and their fascist approach to new media content. With the ongoing writer’s strike over internet revenues, it’s become painfully clear that companies like Viacom are unfairly taking advantage of the emerging virtual marketplace. As eyeballs shift away from traditional media toward new, unfamiliar territory, like youtube and cell phones, has created a fog of uncertainty and trepidation that allowed for exploitation by these major media giants. Clearity is finally being recovered and the Writer’s Guild wants a piece of the big internet revenue pie. We could smell it baking but Viacom keeps telling us there’s no food in the kitchen. Oh really Viacom? Then why are there crumbs all over your two face, bitch!?
Here’s an episode of “Not The Daily Show” from the picket line…
As a podcast, new media producer, user generated content provider — however you want to label it — I’ve always felt driven to create a free alternative to the copyright controlled world of Big Media companies, such as Viacom. It has been my intent to entertain without selling anything more than a keyhole view of my life experiences or the vanity of my creative expression. I tend lean toward an ideology of open source culture. It is my belief that money is not the paramount motivational factor that drives an artist to create works of art. The contrary has been the argument of major media companies for the escalating inforcement and strengthing of copyright laws. They say musicians would stop playing music if pirates plundered away all their potential income. Then what of history’s “starving artists”? Why did Van Gogh continue to paint when he could barely afford bread? Why do rock bands continue their cross-country bar gigs in a rickety old van? So that one day the powerful star-makers might give them their lucky breaks; fame and fortune in the courts of the media kings. This is why Van Gogh cut his ear off. The madness of it all. Our culture has become the property of fat landlords and we the peasant serfs of copyright feudalism. Revolution is on the rise. The consumers now have the means of production at their fingertips. This is the modern battle between the proletariat and the bourgeois. Hopefully no blood will be shed. The future of creativity is now. Will it become a complete dystopia? Watch this presentation…
Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law
About this Talk
Larry Lessig gets TEDsters to their feet, whooping and whistling, following this elegant presentation of “three stories and an argument.” The Net’s most adored lawyer brings together John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights, and the “ASCAP cartel” to build a case for creative freedom. He pins down the key shortcomings of our dusty, pre-digital intellectual property laws, and reveals how bad laws beget bad code. Then, in an homage to cutting-edge artistry, he throws in some of the most hilarious remixes you’ve ever seen.
About Larry Lessig
Stanford professor Larry Lessig is one of our foremost authorities on copyright issues. In a time when “content” is not confined to a film canister, Lessig has a vision for reconciling creative freedom with marketplace competition.
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