Web 2.0 and DRM

With the Steve Jobs missive yesterday, everyone’s talking about DRM. And I’ve been listening. One of the things that occurs to me is that the proponents of DRM are often the opponents of Web 2.0; it’s not clear to me whether this is due to a lack of understanding, an inbuilt animus against “openness” in general or something else. One way or the other, I feel it can’t hurt to expand our understanding of Web 2.0.

Which brings me to this fabulous video by Michael Wesch of KSU. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop whatever you’re doing and take a look. It’s only 5 minutes long and well worth it.

Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

Towards the end of the video, Professor Wesch talks about a dozen things we need to rethink. He lists them as:

Copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family and ourselves.

And in a way that’s what this blog is about. Almost.

I don’t think we need to rethink love, family and ourselves. I don’t think we need to rethink ethics. All we need to do is to regain what we’ve lost.

But for the rest: copyright, authorship, identity, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy and commerce (inclusive of sales, marketing and all forms of “relationship management”), I could not agree more with Michael.

Thanks as usual to RageBoy for reminding me of this while I was reading the Jobs article again and again.

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