Copy right

we live in a world with such strict copy right regulations these days that it’s
laughable up to a point but what happens if  we keep going and the copyright laws get
worse. Ted in the lecture threw out a hypothetical that apple were trying to
copyright the rectangle, though this was laughed at by everyone then. Who knows
in the next 20 years we might actually see it happen. Did you know there are actually some things
that you cannot copyright just as this article points out

While the current copyright laws (70 years after authors death and 120 years
for corporations) are too strict for my liking I do believe in a lesser
copyright. As Lessig states in her article “From 1790 till 1978, the average
copyright term was never more than thirty-two years” I think that copyright laws
should be relaxed back to this standard but as ted pointed out Disney probably
wouldn’t exist in the form you see it today if they didn’t get copyright laws
The spin offs of harry potter and lord of the rings that were seen in the lecture goes to show that people will always copy and develop new information in the public sphere regardless of
the fact its copyright or not. People are already publishing whole books on
ideas that are already copyrighted on the website fan fiction the only
difference is that they are not printing it but they are still accessible to
anyone with an internet connection and these days that is pretty much anyone.

The video below is a great watch for anyone who hasn’t seen it, I was first
shown it in BCM112 by Ted and while the voices do get pretty annoying over time
its message is a good one.


The Future

Well this week’s tutorial sure did give everybody myself included a harsh wake
up call to the realities of work in the near future. The whole idea of liquid
labour that is mentioned in this week’s readings pretty much says that the boundary
between work and home is blurring and is homogenising.

With the increase of liquid labour, this means there will be greater uncertainty
with jobs and where your next pay check will be coming from. This also made me
think how the hell is anyone my age in the future going to be able to afford a
loan from a bank anymore. Since banks don’t give out large sums of money to
people unless they can see and know you’ll have a stable income for the next X
years that means you can pay them back but with liquid labour occurring everywhere
in the developed countries hardly anyone will be able to purchase their own home
or car outright.

Ted also mentioned that everyone will have to constantly change their careers
possibly up to seven times in their working life and learn new skills for each
new career path they take. This got me thinking Will Ted have to change his
career in the next few years or is it possible that say in 10 years’ time some
of us if not all of us will be back at uni and we’ll have Ted as the subject co
coordinator personally I’d find that quite funny.

Here’s a very interesting video about the future of work and highly recommend
that everybody watches it. The link is down below.

Internet Utopian?

After finishing Barlow’s ‘A declaration of the independence of cyberspace’ the date it was written struck me the most. Could this utopia online really exist and flourish, back in 1996 I would have said yes as internet access is nowhere near as easy to get today compared to then. Also the generally slow speed that could be achieved while on the internet (remember that damn dial up noise) meant that back in 1996 there was probably little to no movie/song piracy which seems to be the biggest issue that SOPA and ACTA are trying to stop and if you’re like me and have no idea what either of these mean for the internet then click the link below and it shows exactly what each one is designed to do.

Both I think are complete crap but the internet is a very different place from what it was in 1996 and a good question was posed in the seminar “what if the internet was to become more like 4chan?” well my first reaction was that it would be awesome so to speak as I’ve only been linked the funny side of 4chan but when you have a proper look yourself you soon realise that people are far more nastier online than in real life because they can get away with it and the novelty of that would soon wear off and the internet would soon degenerate into a whirlpool of hate, racism, misogyny and many other things.

Though I do believe in internet censorship I back Barlow’s statement “you do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.” And for restrictions to be put on the internet, equal consent needs to be given by all parties involved and not try to secretly pass bills such as SOPA and ACTA.

Communication History: Where it all began

I definitely enjoyed this week’s lecture more than the readings and since I’m a bit of a history buff I found It really interesting tracing communication back to its roots, With the first electric telegraph being sent in 1837 all the way up to today with near instant communication with others hundreds of kilometres away.

the in class example of creating your own message and then sending that to other people and so on till it found its correct destination was a cool example of treating people like nodes in a distributed network. This made me think back to the 1850’s when all they could compared technology to was the human body as it was and probably still is the most advanced thing we’ve come across. Scientists today are nowhere near able to fully understand the human brain which is an immensely complicated network of nerves, even with all the advances in technology we’ve made over the last 50 years.
While reading the history of the internet by sterling I was trying to imagine what the world and the internet would be like after surviving a nuclear war but this just made me laugh I just kept thinking of the Fallout series just imaging everyone in the wasteland running around tweeting and blogging about the new levels of radiation everywhere and the new mushroom cloud that appeared this morning just makes me laugh.
One of the other readings four internet puzzles from cyberspace didn’t make me laugh I found this one to be the most difficult of them all, particularly since Lessig doesn’t seem to know that there are these things called paragraphs and could benefit a lot from using them. It would have made the reading so much easier to understand and not so easy to zone out of completely.