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So then it hits me…

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on September 7, 2005

I just finished Free Culture–which I’m long remiss in completing–on the train. (The pace of my reading has slowed considerably lately as I try to find time for writing and tOFP and life in general, but that’s just an aside.) I have a thousand and one thoughts after finishing the book (not the least of which is that Lessig is to hard on himself about Eldred, but I’m sure I’d feel the same). But the thing that strikes me in light of my thinking on producer culture is that music companies are wasting their time fighting P2P. It won’t be P2P that kills them, it will be del.icio.us. As the costs of producing and distributing go down, and especially the costs of reaching an audience through peer referral systems such as deli.icio.us go down, artists will have less and less incentive to sign with media companies. Most musicians don’t make money anyway (nor do most authors or–especially–poets). All big media companies have to offer artists is promotion and distribution, and once most artists are proficient enough to do this via the web, the incentive to sign over their content to media companies will disappear. The effect over time ought to be a shift of content away from companies and back toward individuals.

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By the numbers (as best I recall)

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on September 6, 2005

Warped had a little problem with some housecleaning and has lost (I hope temporarily) the Webalizer data from last month, but here are a few of the highlights as best I can recall:

Visits: 659

Downloads of the .zip file: 9

(Some) search terms used to access the site:

narrative arc (3)
painter bernays syllabus (1)
alfred lubrano bricklayer’s boy handout (1)
tofp shoes (1)

In terms of referrers, these are what I recall:

— A Latter-Day Saints Authors discussion site carried about a seven-post thread on the value of open sharing, and drove 12 visitors to the site.
http://www.ackackack.com/, a blog that links to cool stuff, brought in 3 or so visitors
— There was another del.icio.us recommendation, under e-learning, but it didn’t result in any visits. Nice to get the endorsement, though.

All in all, it looks to me like the site has helped at least one or two instructors prepare for the new school year. I’m glad for that.