“I’m interested in marketing, but I’m mainly interested in marketing the moon. Do you love the light of the moon, sir? And if you don’t, can I convince you?”
I love the light of the moon, the pale kind with yellow spilling out of it; an aura for the half-world to witness…
Isn’t it odd that while you gaze at the moon, someone else down unda is squinting at the sun? What do Aussie’s and Kiwi’s call us?
steve roggenbuck is in in a constant state of remixing: words, ideas, video, tweets: somehow microblogging, live-streaming-live tweeting cosmic wonderings for the world wide web with effortless finesse. i am interested in his approach to producing digital content and open source-ness and hope to revisit him often….
In addition to my previous post about MIT’s involvement and questions concerning Swartz’ case, I am including several articles that I found worthy of investigating. The following information depicts Aaron as yet another human interest piece…a tragic, lost soul who committed suicide after a long and heart wrenching investigation that did not looking promising. Using Media Master Marshall McLuhan’s Theories of Media Control, we are left with a series of political, social, and cultural questions that we must probe in order to rise above the phantasmagoria of the media.
A series of accounts in reference to the historical moments that led up to Aaron Swartz suicide and free culture movement:
Cowritten by Swartz himself, read the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto (2008)
NY Times Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: A Questionable Narrative
Rolling Stone Magazine’s Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: A Tragedy
The Atlantic Wire Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: The Unknowable Truth
Newsworthy indeed… after an extended hiatus, I am finally enthralled enough to engage in dialogue on the free culture movement that began not long ago.
For those familiar with the death of Aaron Swartz, and his previous involvement with “illegally” accessing and downloading thousands of JSTOR academic articles to the public domain, his sudden death and the months leading up to it are full of both mystery and tragedy. JSTOR did not press charges against Swartz for releasing information. That much is true. So who is to blame? Was he targeted by federal authorities? To what extend should his actions been punishable? What role did MIT play in his arrests and prosecution & even his suicide?
The supposed “neutrality” of MIT in this case is upsetting…is this the money talking? What does the 180 page report on MIT’s involvement really suggest? What does Aaron’s death say about the rhetoric of news presentation? So many questions have gone unanswered. I feel a sense of duty to his free cultural movement, and to the Millennial Generation– we need to inform others about this suggestively abusive case. I know where I stand as a new media & free culture activist; I am under the impression that I have much to learn about the history behind this case, but I am still certain that as a member of the digital age, we are all entitled to share information. I am fulfilling that purpose.
“In an open letter, the M.I.T. president, L. Rafael Reif, applauded the “careful account” that he said set “the record straight by dispelling widely circulated myths.” The report, he said, “makes clear that M.I.T. did not ‘target’ Aaron Swartz, we did not seek federal prosecution, punishment or jail time, and we did not oppose a plea bargain.” -NY Times
As unclear as everything may seem, it is imperative that we decide what is right….each of us have as much power as Aaron once did..
What do you believe?
180 page MIT Report: http://swartz-report.mit.edu/docs/report-to-the-president.pdf
(2012) published by steve roggenbuck, online in the public domain…. I find this compilation a peaceful yet anxious reminder that I am alive…. these are some of his own highlighted responses:
“THIS IS WHERE BEAUTY
GOES TO DIE.” – ANONYMOUS COMMENTER
“AS SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS POETRY
I CAN SAY THESE ARE SOME OF
THE STUPIDEST THINGS
I HAVE EVER READ.”
“THIS SHIT IS NOTHING BUT
YOU ARE A GIMMICK,
I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU TAKE
“I WISH I COULD EXPRESS IN 140
CHARACTERS HOW INCREDIBLY
TERRIBLE YOUR ‘POEMS’ ARE.”
“I sit and wonder, often, about nothing, and wonder what it would be like to be nothing.”
Noam Chomsky: Media Control, brings forth “the spectacular achievements of propaganda”
“propaganda to democracy is what violence is to dictatorship”
are we/the media or authority/democracy “manufacturing consent?”
“democratic accountability for corporate criminality”
what is selective perception?
coverage of war: WORDS. how should the media use them?
should we be paranoid?
Is it time for a media revolution?
William Uricchio, a media history enthusiast and fellow intellectual (Director of MIT Comparitive Media Studies Program) to Henry Jenkins, author of Spreabable Media, writes an essay on the history of spreadable media, and he concludes with a great point:
“Spreadability turns on the demands of publics, on processes of adaptation and localization, and on the construction of new meanings. The protocols and controls imagined by institutions, whether the state or religious authorities or the heavy industry of media, have historically had little impact on populations eager to share experiences and to modify them in their own ways. The spread of media and textual forms—whether to once-excluded social groups or to markets originally unimagined by media producers—owes as much to the interests and creativity of those outside constituencies as to the original producers.”
In my own words: as we can see that spreadable media “turns” on the public and social constructions of media environments, we may begin to realize that there are so many formats within media that can produce revolutionary meaning in our digital culture today. We, the creative people, make up parts these “authorities” and “institutions”–we have ultimate control over the inputs and outputs of media and it is important to recognize that. If we continue to manipulate the forces that attempt to hijack new media projects, we will successfully impose our own “imaginary” protocols upon the authorities of intellectual and creative property. We must keep the voice alive, must keep going viral, keep sharing, reblogging, reposting, retweeting because…if it doesn’t spread, it’s dead!