World Wide Web and Open Education

Larry Lessig presented a wonderful Ted Talk “Laws that choke creativity”.  For me, I am able to experience the armature production.  My step daughter went through a phase of remixing songs using stop motion videos about 5 years ago.  I even have some on my laptop that I enjoying peeking at every so often.  I believe that Larry Lessig is correct when he point out that kids and youth are not creating for money, rather they are doing it become they have a love for the idea of remixing what they know and being able to show the world.  The songs in her video stay the same, she is just recreating to say it differently.  I think that it is amazing that kids are exploring what they can do, and how they can be the author content on the internet.  Unfortunately, the law can come into play when there is no permission given for someone other then the original creator to broadcast.  Kids are rebels and activists they will ignore copyright at every opportunity.  I do believe that the artist can make their content more freely available for remix purposes, the author will be able to continue on without any losses.  Lets kids be kids, the day of creating and putting on a performance or air bands  for parents has evolved to creating onscreen for a wider audience!  

I attempted to upload one of Jacia’s famous video’s but ran into trouble as the extension was .mp4, now after a short google search and an instructional You Tube I am still having to download conversion software.  Instead I just searched name on on You Tube.  I only found one video,  not her best work but you get the idea.  In a quick conversation, her biggest fear is that a “certain guy” will find see these videos, and they are soooo embarrassing to her.  They are just not as cool when you are 17!

Open education is something that is amazing and wonderful.  The video “Why Open
Education Matters”
, allows the audience to understand that nothing is holding students back when it comes to learning.  I know as an educator, sometimes our material are out of date, as we have to track down many of our own resources to use in the classroom.  By making all the learning materials free it allows all students equity.  I truly believe that open education is changing lives, I look forward to tracking down an open education course to explore during the summer.

I believe the tag line “Keep the internet, free and open ” is such a marvelous idea. The article About the Creative Commons had many great points to ponder. The text box at the top of the screen ( I have included the points below)  popped right out to me

  • Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?
  • Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?
  • Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?
  • Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free?

I think that Creative Commons licenses are a step in the right direction that allows the author an alternative to copyright.   Allowing the author some restriction allows for other to collaborate without taking away the  credit needed for the original work.

The documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is truly heart wrenching.  Aaron was sign a bright and promising boy from a young age. He made so many contributions in terms of adding to the technological world.  At 12 years old he setup a website, an early aaronversion of Wikipedia that allowed users to author content, even then critics had a problem with the sharing of information “you can just let anyone author the subjects”.  At age 13 he was working on a RSS project with adults that were unaware he was a kid, he was so connected and educated when it came to the internet and its capabilities!  Growing up it became evident that he was not a fan of school, he questioned the learning methods, and managed to use books to figure out the policies and procedures behind education.  Aaron was in the forefront of the battle for creative commons and sharing.  I don’t believe that he ever imagined how his life would take a turn.  I think that by accessing the JSTOR articles he was only proving a point that the info could be largely accessed.  Who is to say that he would have released the info as done previously with the 20 million pages of court documents through the PACER recycling.  I do believe that many humans are locked out of knowledge because they simply have no money or means to access it, somehow knowledge has come with a cost. I believe that there is a difference between stealing money and data, or music for that matter.  I don’t believe that Aaron should have been persecuted so heavily, it would drive anyone to death when facing many felonies and a chance at 35 years in jails.  Many people would see the only way out of that situation would be suicide.  I think that it is totally unfair that the old out dated laws were the ones that hurt him the most.  In modern society w23026441351_18b203d84b_me have to evolve our laws as fast as we evolve out technology.  I believe that in society we should be free to access and share information and data, it is happening anyways, but not allowing it, it is just driven underground.






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