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Free Culture

14 May

Esta última semana he “leído”, como deberes para la asignatura sobre obras libres del máster, el libro de Larry Lessig Free Culture (el enlace al sitio dedicado al libro hace tiempo que no funciona, como tampoco el que lleva a la web de Lessig).

Pongo las comillas porque, en realidad, aunque descargué el libro tanto en pdf como en epub (está disponible en muchos otros formatos también), finalmente lo que he hecho es escuchar la grabación que varios colegas de Lessig hicieron del texto, poniendo en práctica varias de las libertades que otorga la licencia bajo la que lo publicó (Creative Commons Reconocimiento No comercial): la de copiar, distribuir y comunicar públicamente la obra y la de crear obras derivadas.

En algún momento escribiré sobre el contenido del libro; hoy lo hago sobre la forma, porque me llevé varias agradables sorpresas al escucharlo (y me di cuenta de hasta dónde llega mi frikismo… :-P): resulta que no sólo sabía quiénes eran varios de los lectores, sino que (re)conocí sus voces…

En particular, me hizo ilusión encontrarme con el crack de Dave Winer, a cuyo podcast semanal con Jay Rosen (al que ya he mencionado aquí), Rebooting the news, estoy tan enganchado como a las grandes series americanas que tanto disfruto…

Después de Free Culture, ahora estoy con otra “lectura”: The Wealth of Networks, de Yochai Benkler, otro de los grandes personajes que orbitan alrededor del Berkman Center de la Universidad de Harvard…

Lawrence Lessig on the Google Book Search Settlement

30 Ago

RO vs. RW

6 Feb

Of course I think reading is important. Of course it is “fundamental”. But humans reach far beyond the fundamental. And as I watch my kids grow, the part I cherish the most is not their reading. It is their writing. Since my oldest (now five) was two, we have told him “monster man” stories. Watching his rapt attention at every twist in these totally on-the-fly made-up stories was a kick. But the moment he first objected to a particular shift in the plot, and offered his own, was one of the coolest moments of my life. What we want to see in our kids is their will. What we want to inspire as a will that constructs well. I want to see this capacity expressed not just in words. I want to see it expressed in every form of cultural meaning. I want to watch as he changes the ending to a song he almost loves. Or adds a character to a movie that he deeply identifies with. Or paints a picture to express an idea that before was only latent. I want this Read/Write (RW) capacity in him, generalized. I want him to be the kind of person who can create by remaking. This then is the first difference between Read-Only (RO) and RW cultures. One emphasizes learning. The other emphasizes learning by speaking. One preserves its integrity. The other teaches integrity. One emphasizes a hierarchy. The other hides the hierarchy. No one would argue we need less of the first, RO culture. But anyone who has really seen it believes we need much more of the second. Lawrence Lessig in his latest book, Remix (Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy).

Lessig again

27 Ene

Video and full transcript at: www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9618

Looking for inspiration II

21 Ene

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