We're Living In the Most Creative Time In History

from the a-true-renaissance dept

As we recently noted in our The Sky Is Rising study, all of the evidence shows that we're living in a time of true abundance in terms of the content world. All of the data shows this. It's really incontrovertible. And yet, we keep hearing from certain folks -- often legacy entertainment industry interests -- that somehow the content creation world is at risk. That's pretty difficult to square with reality. In fact, I think it could be argued that if the industry gets its way with some of its legal proposals that would put this amazing age of creativity at much greater risk than anything the industry is complaining about.

It seems that plenty of others are recognizing this as well. Tom sent over a great blog post by Terry Border of Bent Objects, explaining why this is the most creative time in history... and why we shouldn't take that for granted. And, of course, a big reason for such an explosion of creativity is because of the internet, and the ability to not just create, promote and distribute works, but the ability to communicate.
Think about the art of writing for a minute. Think about creative, or biographical, or whatever kind of writing. Before blogging, how many people wrote any more than it took to fill the space of postcard? If it wasn't their profession, I'd say very few. Now, it seems like everyone has had a blog at one time or another. And now "micro-blogging" is in style thanks to Twitter. Not as many words you say? Right, but it's a different skill that people are learning. Very concise wording. Do people want to post boring tweets? Of course not. People spend quite a few minutes of their day trying to write interesting, humorous, or informative Tweets and Facebook updates. Small bits of creativity for sure, but add them up on a weekly basis, and it's quite a bit.

I think of all the craftspersons who have learned from each other on-line. Popular knitting blogs for instance have taken that old past-time of grandma's and made it mainstream. Before Etsy and the like, where would a person sell the scarves and hats that they made besides the occasional craft fair? I mean, a family only needs so many scarves, and then the knitting needles were put away. Communities on the web not only serve as a place to share work and ideas, but that also serve as shops to sell your product worldwide, creating a reason to make more, and to try new, crazy ideas. Kind of incredible.
That's just a small clip from his longer post, which goes into much more detail. It's worth a read, and definitely pay attention to his conclusion:
My contention is that these days we live in right now will be looked back on with longing, especially with various governments trying to push through laws to control the internet. If that happens, these will be the good old days, so don't take them for granted. Look around and enjoy. I think this is an incredible time to make things, and I hope it stays around for a while.
Couldn't have said it better myself. And this is part of the reason why so many people are so worried about things like SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and TPP. We don't want this amazing era to go away. We just want it to get better and better.

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 6 Feb 2012 @ 3:30am

    Re: Re: Re:

    When I talk about the DMCA, I refer to the legislation that was actually enacted into law, and not versions that change continuously during the give and take of legislative negotiation.

    Yeah, but you weren't talking about the legislation. You were talking about the complaints of people. And I highlighted how, as per usual, you were full of shit, because you conflated the complaints of people with the legislation itself. Which was wrong. But you know that and don't care, because you're full of shit, and always support any and all expansion of copyright, and speak in obnoxious pedantic language here as if only you could possibly understand the intricacies of copyright law.

    But you're full of shit, and as I've explained to you, we've reached the point where it's time that people called you on it.

    I am pleased to note some gruding recognition by you that 512 and its safe harbors have shown themselves to be helpful.

    Not grudging recognition. Once again, you are full of shit. We've always said that the safe harbors are important.

    Why pretend otherwise? Other than that you are full of shit.

    As for the rest of the law, I am not at all sure why you are so convinced it is a "disaster". Is it anti-circumvantion that raises your ire? Why? It was incorporated to comply with the provisions of the WTO Copyright Treaty, provisions that were incorporated at the request of several nations, and not just the US. It was not incorporated on a whim, but resulted from extensive discussions among the negotiating countries.

    SO because a bunch of countries agreed on a really really bad idea that has caused tremendous harm, we should all be okay with it?

    See? Full of shit.

    Frankly, your constant resort to name calling makes me wonder if you are even willing to engage in a debate about issues over which reasonable minds can differ.

    Bullshit. Let's face it: you've been on this site for a long time. In the past, I've tried to engage with you on lots of issues, but you're totally full of shit. Completely and utterly full of shit. You make vague assertions about how much you know and how little everyone else knows. You come off as a pedantic obnoxious asshole. You insult everyone around here for not being as smart as you -- and yet any time anyone calls you on your bullshit you clam up.

    Because you're full of shit.

    We noticed this with SOPA. You started going after people claiming they obviously hadn't read the bill, and when we proved you full of shit and asked you to make a direct statement to back up your points, you refused.

    And that's the point when I recognized that the only thing left to do was to call you out for being completely full of shit.

    I was happy to engage in debate with you, but you have shown yourself to be either incapable or unable to engage in any real debate, other than being full of shit. So, at that point, the only proper response is to call it as we see it and let you know that you are totally and completely full of shit.

    Don't like it? Too fucking bad.

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