September 25, 2007
I think that i would like to explore how the internet redefines the subject of art. http://www.ebayaday.com/
this web site explains a project done by porfessors and grad students in the school of art and design where people could post a work of art to sell on ebay everyday. i think it kind of is a nice exploration of the idea of a gallery on line.
September 24, 2007
In thinking about the different ways in which people exist I began to think about the notion of how we document our existence. i dont know how relevant this and maybe it is a bit of a stretch. I read an anthropological study that had to do with the power of writing and archiving and how it holds a sort of mystical power over people. because the practice of writing is so deeply linked to government documentation (i.e. birth certificates, land deeds, marriage certificates ect.), different ways that our physical existence is recorded by some sort of larger system the act of writing takes on a certain power over the people who have access to it. If a citizen of the United States were to be with out a social security number and without any legal government documentation that person according to the country would not exist. If he or she were to die there would be no way other than peoples personal doc. and memory that he or she is preserved. So in thinking about this notion of writing and the power of documentation i began to think about how the use of technology especially the internet plays a role in all this thinking. what does it mean for a person to exist as a blogger or chatter on line? And what does it mean that these things remain after a person dies or leaves to be altered and manipulated after that person is gone? Furthermore what does it mean that our documentation of things is now so deeply rooted in technology something that could potentially fail us? I dont even know if this makes sense but it seemed somewhat relevant in thinking about the ways we exist that we think about our physical lives as well as the lives we cultivate through technology.
September 18, 2007
in reading about copyright some of the phrasing raised questions in my mind for example the phrase "new work." when talking about new work what constitutes new? if a dj mixes something "new" using already existing material is that a new work?
also if you do not have to say that your work is copyrighted does that mean that it just automatically is?
what makes a "tangible medium of expression"? does that just mean everything that is documented in writing or imagery? could you record your voice and copyright what you say?
I thought that the fair use part of the site was interesting as well
The four fair use factors are as follows:
1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
2. The nature of the copyrighted work, such as whether the work is fiction or non-fiction, published or unpublished;
3. The amount of the work used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, such as using a poem in its entirety, or using one chapter from a long book;
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for the copyrighted work.
In regards to the last part of this the effect of the use upon the potential market seems to be something that could be debatable. How can you tell whether the success of something is due to the part that is copyrighted work or whether the success is due to the new work in its entirety?
September 17, 2007
for the sake of this class being about the internet and the world of cyberspace i thought that maybe i could just take a few notes on the reading on my blog. first i dont want to forget the question that Lessig is raising in his book, "What does it mean to live in a world where problems can be coded away? And when, in that world, should we code problems away rather than learn to work them out, or punish those who cause them?" Basically Lessig is questioning the slippery slope of the internet and virtual space. How much it too much??
September 14, 2007
i totally agree with you lesie in the respect that total redefinition has a long way to go. The university system, of which we are currently a part, seems to overwhelmingly support those who are published in the conventional way over bloggers and that is not completely unjustified. It takes a lot to be published and it is not for everyone, but I do think that it calls into question sources and authority when the internet is such an accessible source.
September 13, 2007
In a society where information is so easily accessed, where people shop for groceries, order pizza, and clothing online, where a person can google the mona lisa and instantly get 300,000 image hits one has to wonder how different realms of our personal life and society are constantly being redefined. When a writer who cant get published "self publishes" by putting his or her work on the internet for everyone to see how does that change the world of writing? Who then is the authority on what should be in the publics hands and what should not? How do the implications of power structures, educational institutions, and scholarships change? What does the art world say to the fact that anyone can be a film maker, an illustrator or painter? or is this still not the case? Does the internet have such a profound affect on people an information that it has the ability to change and redefine the notion of what it means to be a writer, poet, artist, mother businessman etc.??
September 11, 2007
One thing that intrests me is the overarching theme of public vs. private space. The internet is the most immediate and obvious example of the merging of our private lives with a public or several public communities. We can visit a web site that thousands of other people are accessing at the same time while sitting in our living rooms or chat with people on the other side of the country that we have never met. So on the one hand there is a large aspect of breaking down the barriers that would normally limit a person, such as physical space and time, but on the other hand the readily accessable information from such a private venue has to challenge our ability to
September 05, 2007
seeing if this works