0what i want to see....
i want to see more mom and pop shops.
i want to see more flea markets and more swap meets.
i want to see pollution-free, automated power plants.
i want to see automated, generic factories that can make a million exact copies or a million different variations in the same amount of time.
i want to see every piece of menial human labour that still has to get done relegated to the past by reliable, inexpensive or free technology.
i wanna see more clubs meeting up to talk about ideas and communicate.
i want to see pioneers living on the moon and then mars and then a thousand other worlds.
i want to see a vast, interconnected public transportation system.
i want to see people putting forth their energies with the intention to make something better for the world.
i want to see artists painting and sketching in the streets and the parks, and children under trees, reading.
i want to see strangers mingling with each other, both teaching and learning and always sharing the experience of life and how we all perceive it differently.
i want to see real, regular people in politics, instead of politicians.
i want to see multinational corporations evolving into benevolent institutions of education and social sustenance, or fade away into the past, no longer applicable.
i want to see underwater cities and cities in the clouds.
i want to see generational space vehicles, heading off to see what might be out there.
i want to see a technology to nullify the danger of nuclear and biological and chemical weapons, and i want to see education and communication and strong community ties and better thought and discusssion given to the social infrastructure to deal with all of these threats in the mean time.
i want to see stronger local governments.
i want to see a more transparent federal government.
i want to see the general populace break free of the influences of the so-called engines of apathy and distraction and take a look at themselves, each other and this world we're all living in.
i want to see the country around me from the top of a mountain and to see the horizon in every direction from the middle of the ocean.
i want to see the earth from orbit.
i want to see a public transit system that includes destinations around the solar system.
i want to see free education for anybody who desires it.
i want to see people who desire it.
i want to see the world as a good world, as it could be.
i want to see if aliens exist, and if they do, i wanna see what they're like.
i want to see a cure for cancer and aids and bird flu and everything in between.
i want to see god.
i want to see people who do the work they do simply because they want to, rather than because they have to for whatever reasons.
i want to see more cops and doctors who just want to help people and cooks who like to just like cook and to see people enjoy their food and toymakers who make toys and games simply because they like to see children (or anybody, really) enjoying the toys and games that they produced.
i want to see engineers and inventors who build the better mousetrap to catch more mice, not to market and get rich.
i want to see more hackers and tinkerers.
i want to see the open source model applied to more things than software.
i want to see the solution to the problems.
i want to see m-theory succeed as the theory of everything.
i want to see rechargeable batteries that can be recharged indefinitely.
i want to see waterproof and shockproof electronics.
i want to see neural interfaces.
i want to see independent media explode.
i want to see millions of blogs and independent newspapers and short stories and novels and video shows and movies and audio shows and video games and new sorts of media that haven't even been thought of yet all being shared and adding to this wonderful stew of human culture that we have at our disposal.
i want to see society pulling together to spread the resources around in the best ways for the most people, rather than the abnormal and unnatural concentrations of wealth and power that abound today.
i want to see star trek come to life as a model for social behaviour and structure.
i want to see everybody's crazy ideas, pick out the best ones and stick them all together.
i want to see the ubiquitous exemplification of 'the right thing'.
i want to see a new renaissance.
0what i want to see....
google is being sued over youtube, which they bought to go along with their google video project.
viacom is blaming google for all of the copyrighted material that's made it onto youtube (not to mention pretty much every other media sharing site on the internet).
google says they can't be held responsible for the actions of their users without taking away all of the good, legitimate uses of the youtube service as well. they also are pointing out the differences between this situation and the filesharing case that got shot down by the supreme court (saying that it's different because the file sharing services were encouraging users to disseminate copyrighted materials, while youtube offers 'substantial non-infringing use'.
this case is both interesting and important for a number of reasons.
it's interesting because viacom's going after the biggest dog first. if they win this case, you can bet that it'll be open season on all of the other video distribution services.
the new media distribution outlets the internet provides people with an unprecedented capacity to share information and communicate. the resulting side effect of this is that media distribution industries (yes, entire industries) are basically no longer necessary (or even desired, depending on where you're standing).
media channels have pretty much always been out of the hands of mortals. new technologies are either prohibitively expensive or they're locked down by big business or the law as soon as they pop up.
new media tech scares the bejeezus out of those in control of current media outlets--printing presses, radio, tv, cd's, dvd's--they've all been held tightly under the control of a few major powers (at least at first).
and as new developments occur, those in power (seeing a possible end to that power) have responded to defend themselves. they've had an amazing amount of legal pull over the years, as well.
the internet supersedes all the previous forms of media transmission all at once. print, audio, and video can be combined in powerful new ways, and then transmitted across the globe very rapidly, and to more than one end point.
all without the help from any 'distribution industry'--except the internet infrastructure itself.
even looking specifically at this case--youtube is not really the issue, here. take the youtube infrastructure out of the equation--all they are really doing is making it easier to distribute media by giving you one centralized location to upload stuff and find stuff. that doesn't change the fact that the internet inherently has this ability.
without sites like youtube, one can still broadcast pretty much any information they have available to just about anywhere else on the internet. this just isn't going to go away.
if viacom does win this case (and even if they go after every other utube-style video sharing service out there, this still doesn't change the fact that the internet still has the built-in ability to move information from any point on the net to any (other number of) point(s) rapidly and efficiently.
the bittorrent protocol can more or less replace the distribution infrastructure that google's video service provides (by using the bandwidth of those participating in the downloads (and incidentally adds a kind of natural moderation--it's easier and faster to get the more popular files in a bittorrent swarm), and as far as providing a centralized place to find all the torrents in the first place, we've only to look at existing tracker sites--frequently, they are hosted in countries where the laws don't protect copyrights (or, as an alternative, could be hosted through privacy obfuscation filter services--i.e. tor/privoxy or things like project freenet).
i hope it doesn't ever come to this, but if it does, the internet is ready.
as far as i can tell, the only way to combat these forms of obfuscation would be to look at a large enough section of the internet (all at once) to see where things go in, and where those things come back out--you can't track info as it makes all the hops.
god, this situation is a mess.
this whole free speech/fair use/intellectual property thing is about to explode. people have realized that large portions of the media industry are basically no longer needed. they're essentially middlemen, which the internet very effectively replaces.
the trouble is that these industries (or rather the few people running them) can see this predicament as well, and they don't want to fade into extinction. thus, they're going to do whatever it takes to ensure their survival.
the trouble with _that_ is twofold--they don't seem to care _how_ their survival is maintained, just so long as it is, and they also seem to be very good at getting laws passed. laws which benefit them, not the citizens.
so, i'm not necessarily sure what the best solution is, but i can see all this coming on the horizon and it scares me. at a time when technology puts us in touch with people and information which has never before been possible, when technology should be making our lives easier (making way for more time to explore and tinker with these vast amounts of information and meet these diverse people), a time that should be the beginning of the new renaissance, we're too busy working our asses off to 'make a living'.
i'm sure i'll continue this as time goes by, but i need to stop before i get further off on my tangent here. in the mean time, google, we'll be with you, and to you media bullies, we'll still be here, ready for whatever happens.
in the words of jello biafra--become the media....