A Generation is waking up
Recently I came across the site http://freeculture.org/
international student movement for free culture. Their
"The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a
bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture,
rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure.
Through the democratizing power of digital technology and the
Internet, we can place the tools of creation and
distribution, communication and collaboration, teaching and
learning into the hands of the common person -- and with a
truly active, connected, informed citizenry, injustice and
oppression will slowly but surely vanish from the earth.
We believe that culture should be a two-way affair, about
participation, not merely consumption. We will not be content
to sit passively at the end of a one-way media tube. With the
Internet and other advances, the technology exists for a new
paradigm of creation, one where anyone can be an artist, and
anyone can succeed, based not on their industry connections,
but on their merit."
After reading the manifesto one can easily figure out that
the founders of this movement are highly influenced by the
free software, open source movements. If one can spend some
time on the internet searching for sites similar to these...
he/she is bound to be overwhelmed. www.publicknowledge.org
are some of them. If you
are a book worm never miss out www.gutenberg.org
, there are
over 17,000 free eBooks in their repository.
And never be content to sit passively at the end of the
one-way media tube, bring out the
artist/journalist/writer/activist or whatever in you. Take
back the web, take back the world.
posted by suresh_balasubra @ 6:27 AM 0 comments