Sunday, August 24, 2008

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

My friend Henrik at Alfa Bravo brought me this piece of youtube video by Michael Wesch, which is one of those "wow... WOW... WOOOOOOOOW... this is really huge, everyone has to see it" things. So please see it, even though it's long. It's so cool.

One of the greatest parts of the video is at 45:25, by Lawrence Lessig (the quote is from this speech):

"We need to recognize you can't kill the instinct that technology produces, only criminalize it. We can't stop our kids from using it, we can only drive it underground. We can't make our kids passive again, we can only make them, quote "pirates" and is that good? We life in this weird time, this kind of age of prohibition where in many areas of our lives, we live life constantly against the law, ordinary people live life against the law. And that's what we're doing against our kids, they live life knowing they live it against the law."

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