|Give us your input, 10pm tonight in the SCCS media lounge
||[Apr. 27th, 2004|11:20 am]
Free Culture Swarthmore
Did you enjoy Lessig's talk this Friday? Are you interested in being a part of the growing free culture movement?|
Come to what is probably the last Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons meeting of the year! Tonight at 10pm in the SCCS Media Lounge below Tarble!
Come discuss Lessig's speech... what did you think of it? What did you like and what didn't you like about his conception of free culture?
Also, tell us where you would like the SCDC to go next year... What should we do? How can we best promote free culture on Swarthmore's campus?
Hope to see you there!
2004-04-27 08:24 am (UTC)
Since I can't be at the meeting...
Lessig was amazing. He is a very good public speaker, and on top of that, his presentation was one of the most crisp powerpoints I have ever seen. He reminded me of Steve Jobs at a MacWorld keynote, in the way that he held the entire audience entranced.
I think that Lessig has the right idea about where to start, and I hope that SCDC and freeculture.org are picking up where he has left off.
I wish I were more than just a content producer (code, some written stuff, some art, that I put online). I'm not sure I'd be very good at the content remixing, though.
I didn't really like the Downhill Battle guys - in addition to being a little freaky, their politics are extreme. One of them was telling me afterwards that I shouldn't feel guilty about stealing music. I can assure you that any guilt that motivated my decision to have only legally purchased music on my computer and iPod did not come from the music industry.
I think a big step would be to promote a software switch. Start on something small, like the fact that SBC uses MYOB for OS 9, and find a solid open source alternative. (Is there a lot of open source business software?) Work your way up to the big ones, like Banner and Blackboard. The Blackboard-alternative, edventure, is being developed over at Bryn Mawr, but it's currently in a pretty sucky state (particularly the generated web interface). If we could get that to be kickass...
2004-05-27 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Since I can't be at the meeting...
We definitely intend to begin promoting a Blackboard alternative at Swarthmore, we have some contacts at Bryn Mawr so we could very well work with Doug Blank to get Edventure up to speed. The best way to do this would actually be to get the CS department to sponsor it as a project of some sort, I think... what do others think?
2005-05-13 09:48 am (UTC)
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