Culture: the Real Importance of Copying

Culture: the Real Importance of Copying

This is a wonderful talk by Nina Paley on the real importance of copying and the tremendous damage done by copyright restrictions. I’d never thought of it quite in these terms before, and I love the way she sees this. 

Nestled in this gem of a talk is this excerpt on what’s really going on: 

We are information transmitters. Information enters through our senses, like our eyes and our ears and it exits through our expressions, like our voices, our writings, our drawings. And all this information, going through us, creates a living phenomenon called culture, and in order for culture to stay alive, we have to be open, transmitting and receiving information. I’ve depicted culture moving in a line here, but really it’s a network, like a neural network. And we are neurons in a great mind. In an individual mind, information flows from neuron to neuron and that creates a bigger phenomenon called thought and that creates a bigger phenomenon called mind. In the great mind, information moves form human to human, and that creates a greater phenomenon called art, and that creates a greater phenomenon called culture.

From that meta perspective, our puny laws and restrictions assume a small and mean perspective. 

Thanks very much to Edward Morbius for flagging this TED Talk for me and again to Laura Gibbs for turning me on to Nina’s work in the first place. 

#culture   #copyright   #mind  

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