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Sterling on Open Cultures

hpengwynPerson was signed in when posted
04:09 PM ET (US)
I agree with Richard, but my main beef with Sterling is that the Amazon recommendations keep recommending Sterling on the basis of my having bought and voted highly a number of Gibson books. I want to shout at their algorithm NO THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AT ALL.
Richard Steven HackPerson was signed in when posted
12:28 AM ET (US)
Sterling has a little problem with freedom and the concept of a free market and as a writer, he is compelled to defend the oxymoronic concept of IP. As the Situationists once said, if you ask a so-called revolutionary what part of society they want to retain after the revolutionary, it invariably ends up being everything. Sterling complains that the Russian state wasn't "replaced" with anything. Excuse me, but last I heard a former KGB guy was still running the show over there, doing a balancing act between the Commie hard liners and the Bush neocons. If Sterling wants to replace the state with the state and state capitalism with more state capitalism (what he erroneously refers to as a the "free market" - which shows how little he knows about economics), I'm not surprised he has problems with the possible end results of the open source concept. Sterling is fundamentally a latent fascist and an elitist.
jamyangPerson was signed in when posted
12:37 AM ET (US)

OpenCultures: Conference

Today's infosphere facilitates quick and easy exchange of digitized information. The tools of creation and the means of distribution are becoming more affordable all the time, continuously expanding the range of creators and users. Yet, not everyone is happy with this. A coalition of large media conglomerates calls for Draconian measures to stop this free flow of information. New restrictive technologies and new oppressive laws are being developed right now, in an attempt to create scarcity out of the digital abundance. The current security fears are manipulated to equate openness with danger in a cynical effort to protect the assets of large industries against the forces of innovation.

Against this backdrop, a counter movement is taking shape that is guided by the idea of 'the commons': resources accessible to all.

Rather than expanding the means of control to catch up with the ease of data processing, this movement takes the free availability of information as its starting point. It recognizes that a free society needs free flows of information, that the attempt to control information quickly leads to controlling people. Creativity - commercial, scientific and artistic - requires the ability to easily and freely built upon what others have created.

The conference will survey the new territory of the commons by bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners from across the spectrum. We want to strengthen the understanding of the shared visions and goals, learn from the different experiences and approaches. We also want to send a signal that, yes, openness is possible, indeed, it's the only direction to move forward.

The conference is organized by Public Netbase (vienna) and Openflows. More information on the conference website<p>I'd just like to add -> I really, really do not agree with Sterling's prognosis - but its a very clever little article - so well written - and i think one of the comments here is just pathetic, disgusting and irrelevant.
cbraytonPerson was signed in when posted
05:24 PM ET (US)
I just don't get the point of that little parable about the war-criminal's folk-singing girlfriend. Do you? The tragedy is what? That she and her horrible mobster pals are being ripped off? Or that poisonous content is entering the cultural bloodstream to corrupt the minds of the Athenian youth? Ass burglar or not, the guy usually makes more sense than this.
craniacPerson was signed in when posted
09:03 AM ET (US)
Sterling is smart and imaginative.

Stop the quicktopic bitterness.
Neoncat93Person was signed in when posted
06:40 PM ET (US)
It's always nice to see the high intellectual tone these discussions take.
pooterPerson was signed in when posted
03:23 PM ET (US)
sterling is a soft, petulent, woman-looking, ass burglar who always seems to be on the rag about something. this pseudo anger and failed attempts at displaying true hostility makes me want to sqeeze his arm and see how many days the bruises remain. fuck 'im
Donut11Person was signed in when posted
10:30 AM ET (US)
So, are these "Wired" cross-posts contractual?

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