James, and Information Technology and the Network Society participants,
Very interesting! And if the Network Society unfolds in the information age as it seems to be doing, - emerging from the two industrial revolutions (since at least the early 1700s), the emergence of printing press in the late 1400s in western Europe (see Manuel Castells' "The Internet Galaxy"), and related changes in thinking, all of which we'll begin to explore in this Thursdays second hour - with some semiconductor implants (heart and medicine-related, etc. http://www.webmd.com/healthy-
aging/news/20050727/chip- implants-better-care-privacy- scare) already becoming widespread, might not the Network Society just continue to expand 500 years ahead, building on industrialization, and communication thanks to literacy and (significantly STEM centric) idea-sharing, now on the web, and related developments in reasoning and knowledge-generation?
Are you up for helping to facilitate a conversation about chapter 1 in "Networked" this Thursday, James, on Harvard's island, which I invite everyone to read?
Keep reading "Networked" everyone, and again please watch Boellstorff's interview -http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=1XkZMXtDEWM . He's a Stanford Ph.D. anthropologist and professor at the University of California, and his "Coming of Life in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human" (Princeton 2008) is an important anthropological contribution to the social science conversation about virtual worlds and digital technologies, and methodologically especially. (And have you all watched the UC Berkeley Manuel Castells' Globetrotter video? - http://globetrotter.berkeley. edu/people/Castells/).
And please add your paragraph of introduction per your research interests (toward a course certificate).
Talk with you all online Thursday at 7 am PDT. :)
If it isn't there already: http://yarchive.net/macaulay/
James, and All,
Great ideas, James, and more later about your most recent 'Interest.' post in our Google Group, but I just noticed on your G+ Profile page - ... - your posting about Copyright, and I'd like to invite all of you to check out the wiki, Copyright page at World University and School - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Copyright - as an example of a Subject page, for open, wiki, teaching and learning. (WUaS is planning online Law Schools in all or many of the 242+ countries in the world, and here's the beginning of it in English - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Law_School ... and here's the Creative Commons' Law wiki page at WUaS, as well - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Creative_Commons_Law). I've added the article you posted - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/09/copyright-industries-pushing-search-engine-voluntary-agreements-despite-risks - to both of these pages.
Also, let's please all 'Follow' each other in G+ Profiles and begin to converse on our G+ profile pages vis-a-vis this "Information Technology and the Network Society" course.
Want to start an online, MIT OCW-centric, Creative Commons' licensed university, with free, MIT-centric, university degrees planned, in your country (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Nation_States) or language (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Languages)? Begin to develop it at WUaS, in a main language there.
I added this important Copyright speech from 1841 in Britain - A SPEECH DELIVERED IN A COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE 6TH OF APRIL 1842 ... http://yarchive.net/macaulay/copyright.html (for those of us who want to think through and understand Copyright's origins, and legal philosophy) - to the Copyright, wiki, Subject page at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Copyright.
It's an important speech in intellectual (and legal and copyright) history ... please read!
James writes (personal correspondence) about Thomas Babington Macaulay's 1841 speech on copyright (and I've added the following to the Quotes' section on WUaS's Copyright, wiki page):
"More than the history is the part where he explains exactly what is happening to copyright law right now and why. Made in a speech in 1841 and you couldn't find a better description of current events:
'I will only say this, that if the measure before us should pass, and should produce one-tenth part of the evil which it is calculated to produce, and which I fully expect it to produce, there will soon be a remedy, though of a very objectionable kind. Just as the absurd acts which prohibited the sale of game were virtually repealed by the poacher, just as many absurd revenue acts have been virtually repealed by the smuggler, so will this law be virtually repealed by piratical booksellers. At present the holder of copyright has the public feeling on his side. Those who invade copyright are regarded as knaves who take the bread out of the mouths of deserving men. Everybody is well pleased to see them restrained by the law, and compelled to refund their ill-gotten gains. No tradesman of good repute will have anything to do with such disgraceful transactions. Pass this law: and that feeling is at an end. Men very different from the present race of piratical booksellers will soon infringe this intolerable monopoly. Great masses of capital will be constantly employed in the violation of the law. Every art will be employed to evade legal pursuit; and the whole nation will be in the plot. On which side indeed should the public sympathy be when the question is whether some book as popular as Robinson Crusoe, or the Pilgrim's Progress, shall be in every cottage, or whether it shall be confined to the libraries of the rich for the advantage of the great-grandson of a bookseller who, a hundred years before, drove a hard bargain for the copyright with the author when in great distress? Remember too that, when once it ceases to be considered as wrong and discreditable to invade literary property, no person can say where the invasion will stop. The public seldom makes nice distinctions. The wholesome copyright which now exists will share in the disgrace and danger of the new copyright which you are about to create. And you will find that, in attempting to impose unreasonable restraints on the reprinting of the works of the dead, you have, to a great extent, annulled those restraints which now prevent men from pillaging and defrauding the living.'"
Macaulay, Thomas Babington. 1841. A SPEECH DELIVERED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE 5TH OF FEBRUARY 1841. yarchive.net/macaulay/copyright.html.
James, and All,
Thanks for this specific quote from Macaulay's speech from 1842 which describes today's situation around copyright and piracy so very aptly, - very prescient of him as well ... I'm glad, too, that Creative Commons' law in the information age has emerged to address these very issues ...
Enjoyed, too, Macaulay's use of the word 'virtually' in this 1842 paragraph you sent, per another, recent, ITatNS, Google Group thread on the 'virtual' ...