[d@DCC] Re: Toronto Star: Advancing technology threatens cultural
russell at flora.ca
Mon Nov 8 17:05:23 EST 2004
Link to your Toronto Start article.
This article represents a 180 degree flip from the message you had in
"Unhappy Gilmore: The Internet's Six Layers of Liability". In that
presentation you suggested that with the clash of new technology and older
policy, that the legacy policy would win.
I believe there is a third path not represented by either of these two
extremes, which is new cultural policy that matches the citizen and
creativity enhancing features of the new media. Rather than cultural
policy that tries to impose incompatible broadcast policy on
citizen-to-citizen (end-to-end, peer-to-peer, etc) networks, which would
effectively shut these new networks down, cultural policy should focus on
ways to harness the features of these new networks to protect and
encourage Canadian creativity.
As a new media creator I have always seen old-media content monopolists
as the greatest threat to Canadian creativity and Canadian culture.
While I don't expect current generation policy makers to understand this
any time soon, I do not believe they should ever be presented with a "one
or the other" policy choice between existing policy and new media. I
believe far too many of these folks would take the wrong path and fight
stronger for the legacy policy by trying to kill off new media.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Code is Law: how software code regulates the activities of citizens,
and acts similar to law. How do we ensure transparency/accountability?
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