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Last night’s class flew by. Being our final class, there was a lot of ground to cover. Here are some of the highlights of what I enjoyed:

 

The discussion of Disney’s Wall-e movie and the use of copyrighted material was interesting. I have yet to see the film, but I can understand Kathy’s frustration that Louis Armstrong’s works did not have to be credited, despite being used throughout the movie and essentially helping Disney to make money.

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Questions for Collective Action speaker:

 

  1. Do you see collective action as more of a pro or con for society?
    (Any pre- and post-digital age examples?)
  2. Can a rise in collective action be seen in parallel with the rise of the digital age?
  3. What do you expect the reaction to future collective action to be?
    (Embraced vs. feared?)

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DRM experience

After learning more about digital rights management (DRM), it seems to be a property that many people encounter without even realizing what it is. 

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In today’s digital age of inexpensive and accessible media production and distribution means, it is clear that “We’re All Journalists Now.”

The book of this title by Scott Gant explores the current era’s transition in journalism and the laws associated with the changing times. Gant’s book examines today’s definition of “journalist” and to whom journalistic rights ought to be afforded. There are many well done elements of his book, ranging from its historical accounts, to modern day examples, to its strong central message and arguments. This is an excellent book for a classroom discussion, as its message has many points that can be debated. While the author’s position is at times questionable, this is a book that should be read. “We’re All Journalists Now” is a worthwhile, thought-provoking work.

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I recently reviewed a selection of clips on the Wine Spectator Brightcove sight. In my line of work, I work with Wine Spectator. My public relations office represents restaurants with impressive wine lists as well as wineries.

 

One featured clip was a humorous take on staff members making margaritas in their cubicles. Another clip was well done as an educational piece – it provided background on rose wines and a comparison of several wine labels. The third clip I viewed was another serious, educational piece about cigars (linked from Cigar Aficionado).

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What a treat I had on August 4th! I wasn’t expecting to be selected to ask three questions of famed digital media expert Howard Rheingold. That was very exciting; and I hadn’t used Skype before, so that was fun as well.

 

I checked out MartinLutherKing.org, as Rheingold suggested. “A modern day plastic god” is what that site calls King. It is interesting to see the ways in which people choose to produce content. This exemplifies the need for people to learn/teach internet literacy and critical thinking. Rheingold noted the importance of teaching kids to question authority at a young age – which seemed humorous, but actually holds a substantial amount of validity.

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How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom is an apt subheading for The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler. The book encompasses topics as broad as the name suggests. 

 

The five-hundred page book provides a sweeping take on networks, covering nearly everything from the history of radio to the future of information law and policy. The dense Introduction may take readers several days to wade through, but offers the core messages of the book, compacted into twenty-eight pages. After breaking further into the book, the weight is lifted as the author’s ideas are presented more freely, with space dedicated to supplementary explanations and examples.

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