Tuesday, January 24, 2006


The rise of the competent amateur

This morning on the way to work I listened to Joi Ito's IT Conversation talk at the Accerlating Change Conference. He mentioned the Creative Content website, where folks can post their Creative Commons Licenced content. Generally speaking, you can use Creative Commons content without paying a subscription, as long as you acknowledge the contect creator. I noticed that Creative Commons has two interesting variations for music.
Joi had a good quote (paraphrased) that people want to share in a conversation not be consumers of content. The conversation can be music mash-ups, power-point mashups, or threaded discussions. The world is moving from industrial age content push to information age content share and re-use.

He also noted that good "amatuers" produce better productions than mediocre "professionals." The web age ushers in a very different work model that we are just beginning to see, much less understand. But, it is exciting.

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