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HR2391 Copyright Bill in the US

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 17, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


According to Wired, Bill HR23981 will make editing for content legal (it already is) and skipping commercials illegal. Does anyone get the feeling "our" government is nuts?



story © Michael Betancourt | published September 11, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

Here's a site with stuff about the 9/11 events and the number 11.


Archives and their Futures

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 8, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Richard Prelinger of the Prelinger Archive discusses the issues and future for archives in America:

"The last decade has been good to film archives and stock footage libraries. Increased interest in archive and library holdings has exposed many hidden treasures. At the same time, the artifacts have stimulated reexamination of this century's history and preconceptions."

"Despite these trends, the stock footage industry still functions much as it has since the 1950s. Though new licensing perspectives and retrieval technologies promise, at least in theory, to streamline footage research and licensing, those currently seeking archival footage must still learn how to make the system work for them."

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Ads Co-opt art

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 5, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Krzysztof Wodiczko's light projects that came to prominence in the 1980s have now been transformed into advertizing. I guess this was inevitable.


Conflicts of Interest

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 2, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


"The important question when we confront this kind of situation -- in art or anywhere else-- is always very simple: are these conflicts atypical -- that is, do most of the people involved try to minimize them and their importance -- or are they the standard of "doing business"? When conflicts of interest are so common as to be commonplace what dominates is corruption."

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Silencing the Opposition

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 25, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Here are three different stories about how those in political power are seeking to silence their opposition--any idea disapproved of may find itself on the wrong side of things.

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No More "High Arts"

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 14, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


CNN is carrying a story reporting changes to what's being performed at operas and ballets: rock music.

It isn't an aesthetic choice, but one dictated by grants organizations. Unless the funding mechanisms change, this will only increase.

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The Safe Culture

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 5, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


"We need art that does not offend anyone."

That a public official would say this is not very surprising given the way art has been used since the Reagan presidency as a political tool on the one hand, and a PR device on the other.

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the Ad-vent of Media Recycling

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 2, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


CNN is carying this story on how ads are starting to be recycled in different markets than where they were originally made.

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Folk Processes and the Internet

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 16, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


A new electronic-based culture is emerging in the on-line communities centered around P2P networks, open source, and through personal web sites and blogs. It has been gradually developing ever since the world wide web was launched in the early 1990s, even though it began in the period before then. To call the loose collection of tendencies centering around the non-commercial spread of software, services, and media (music/art/video/writing) a culture may be premature, however, understanding what it could represent for a broader context beyond the confines of the Internet requires this designation.

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