The Democratization Of Culture: PressPausePlay

from the talking-about-culture dept

Nearly two years ago, while at a conference in Norway, I sat down with some folks putting together a documentary called PressPausePlay, which is all about the democratization of culture, and the views many people have -- positive, negative, indifferent, weird, etc. -- on that changing landscape. It's taken a couple years, but the movie is finally out (I got to see a version earlier this year at SXSW), and with it, the filmmakers are releasing longer versions of all of the interviews they did on YouTube -- including mine, which you can see below:
Even if it's two years old, and slightly out of date, I still think the discussion is pretty relevant -- though, the whole section on Jill Sobule may seem a bit quaint with the success of platforms like Kickstarter. Anyway, there are a ton of other videos worth checking out as well, and I'm embedding a few of them after the jump (i.e., if you're in RSS or on the front page, you'll need to click through to see them).Moby on how amazing it is to make music:
Hilary Rosen, former head of the RIAA, talking about how amazing and scary Napster was -- and the external forces pushing the RIAA:
Sean Parker, giving the view from the other side of the table:
Bill Drummond, artist/musician on the impact of the disruption in the music world:
Shamal Ranasinghe, TopSpin founder, talking about enabling artists to embrace what the tech allows:
Ze Frank, on the nature of participatory internet culture:
Hank Shocklee, musician/producer probably most well known for Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad, talking about how the process of creating music has changed:
Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Kazaa, Skype and now Rdio
Keith Harris, manager for Stevie Wonder, and involved in a variety of other music industry efforts
Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma:
Olafur Arnalds, Icelandic musician, discussing his experiment in connecting with his fans online:
Martin Thörnkvist, manager/record label owner, media expert talking about how the world has changed, and how the role of middlemen has changed:
Honestly, this is just a small sample of the interviews that were done. Have fun checking them out...

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 22 Sep 2011 @ 4:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A question for you, Mike

    So Mike, what's not true?

    Pretty much everything you wrote.

    That you weren't behind the letter? You were your own website was the point of contact.

    As I stated in the original thread, I was one of a group of people who participated. I offered to set up the email address and did so.

    Or that you and your merry band of infringers and/or apologists didn't have Polis circulate the letter under a "Dear Colleague" cover. Don't bother lying here, I've seen it.

    I heard that Polis sent a Dear Colleague letter a few days after he sent it. But I do not know how he got the letter. I certainly have had no communications with his office whatsoever and did not, as you suggest, ask him to send the letter. The letter he sent was actually an earlier version with fewer signatures than the letter that was actually sent (and which was sent to the full Senate, but not the full House, contrary to your assertions).

    You could apologize for being totally wrong, but I don't think you have it in you.

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