Artifice and Agency

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Possibly Running Late...

I'm pushing for arrival by 1.10 as usual today, but my schedule is wee bit tighter than usual today so if I'm running a bit late, don't worry I'll be there, just give a few extra minutes. Talk amongst yourselves... See you all soon, d

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Benkler A Go-Go!

I am going to recommend that you read a few chapters from Benkler's book, but in a different order than the one in which they appear in the book itself (just for reasons connected to our thematic preoccupations in the class). Also, I recommend that you read as much as you can of the contributions to the public discussion of Benkler's book that is archived over at Crooked Timber, the last link in the list below. Great stuff there.

Chapter 12: Conclusion: The Stakes of Information Law and Policy

Chapter 1: Introduction: A Moment of Opportunity and Challenge

Chapter 9: Justice and Development

Chapter 8: Cultural Freedom: A Culture Both Plastic and Critical

Crooked Timber's Benkler Seminar

Hope everybody's having a fine weekend so far.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Lessig

Please Read These Excerpts from Lessig's Book, Code:

2nd ed. Preface
1st ed. Preface
Code Is Law
What Things Regulate

Now, I'm very much not in the habit of doing this sort of thing, but links I'm used to using to point students to some other content by Lessig have broken and I don't like the remaining alternatives available now (we should really talk about the brittleness of online access to archived materials hyped as eternalized when in fact they are profoundly precarized by digitization), so I'm pointing you to a brief excerpt from something I wrote about the end-to-end principle that is indebted to the discussion by Lessig I was going to point you to instead. That will have to suffice, because I'm tired of looking for a better substitute, and I want to make sure you guys have enough time to read everything for Wednesday. Please don't rib me too much for megalomania in assigning something I wrote myself to students!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Lessig Interviews

Creative Commons. Read the transcript that accompanies the clip.

Developing Nations License

Remixing Culture.

Rethinking Remix

Change Congress

More to come -- short, and more conventionally academic, excerpts from Code, Future of Ideas, Free Culture coming this weekend. Keep coming back. Also, do please keep posting content to the blog that seems to connect up to our themes, and comment on your reactions to that content to get some conversation happening here outside the confines of our seminar together.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

David Holmgren

For next week, seek out the text "Essence of Permaculture" (you can opt for html or pdf) over at David Holmgren's Home Page, and also explore his
Permaculture Principles as well.