Yup. This is all about that video I made. This whole thing is wonderful and crazy, not to mention pretty historical for the internet. Check it out.
Here’s what happened, as explained by The Sydney…
From the creator of the original video.
In which Niemoller, Aaron, and Jamie Raskin all make an appearance.
ONE OF THE GREAT BEAUTIES OF THE DIGITAL ERA IS TO LIBERATE SPONTANEOUS CREATIVITY - IT MIGHT BE A CHAOTIC SPACE OF FREE ASSOCIATION SOMETIMES BUT THE CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE OF DIGITAL RE-MEDIATION IS ENORMOUSLY LIBERATING.
WE DON’T FEEL THE LEAST ALIENATED BY THIS;
APPROPRIATION AND RECONTEXTUALIZATION IS A LONG-STANDING BEHAVIOR THAT HAS JUST BEEN MADE EASIER AND MORE VISIBLE BY THE UBIQUITY OF INTERNET. IN A FEW WORDS:
WE ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT FAIR USE OF OUR MUSIC, AND WE CAN ONLY ENCOURAGE A NEW COPYRIGHT POLICY THAT PROTECTS FAIR USE AS MUCH AS EVERY CREATORS’ LEGITIMATE INTERESTS.
PHOENIX on the right to remix”
from their blog.
Bravo. This, in the end, is the only “victory” that matters, because copyright is for artists.
One year ago today, I presented “We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim” at TED. 1.2 million views later, I’m celebrating in three great ways.
Thanks to everyone for the incredible feedback on the talk, and the endless help to spread these ideas — by TED of course, but by many others too.
Here again is the TED talk:
Hey TransUnion: Exactly why do I need to “click” to protect my ID on your service? Shouldn’t you be doing the clicking, if you’re going to be handling all that personal data of mine?
This morning, the world learned of the passing of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. Take a look at this letter from Seeger to President Kennedy in March of 1961. Seeger was facing trial for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. As a fellow Harvard classmate, Seeger was appealing to the President for help.
(From the White House Central Name File, Box 2513, JFK Library)
We were incredibly fortunate in New Hampshire with press. Every paper covered it, we got tons of TV time, and lots of radio. (You can see links to them all here). And beyond New Hampshire, we had some great coverage — Diane Rehm, The New Republic, even Le Monde. But I am very happy to see this piece that will run this weekend on Bill Moyers. Happy, and very proud to see my friends who I very much miss.
If you want to watch the old fashioned way, you can find times when the show will be played here.
Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stands with House hero, John Sarbanes (D-MD), to introduce the Government By the People Act. After years of struggling, finally the Democrats (and at least one Republican) have lined up behind a fundamental reform of the campaign finance system. Small bore is out; fundamental reform is in. Congratulations to the Leader, and all who pushed the Democrats to lead (and at the very top of that list is Arnold Hiatt who has been fighting this fight for more than 18 years — see the story in the last chapter of Republic, Lost).
But a nagging bit to this debate remains: What is the problem that the Government By the People Act is meant to solve?
Last Thursday, Jon Stewart called it “corruption.” But Leader Pelosi denied it. “The system isn’t corrupt,” she told Stewart. “There is corruption in the system …” (watch beginning circa 5:50)
I can’t for the life of me understand why this incredible woman continues to insist on calling pure a system which obviously is not. Why, in other words, she insists on believing that the only way to use the word “corruption” is to speak of corrupt individuals.
But it seems that since time immemorial, Members of Congress (and the Supreme Court: see the upcoming decision in McCutcheon v. FEC) have been divided between those who see corruption in the system, and those who think the only kind of corruption possible is the corruption of individuals.
Senator McConnell — like Pelosi? and Justice Scalia? — is a corruption skeptic. Here he is in October, 1999, on the floor of the Senate, challenging John McCain who had begun to frame his presidential campaign around the “corruption” of “the system”:
McCain responded in what to these ears sounds like a perfectly true reply:
But McConnell (at least acts as if he) didn’t understand it. He asks again (and here you see him trying out for a part in Austin Powers):
McCain loses his patience for a second (“either the Senator from Kentucky did not listen to what I said…”) but then recovers beautifully:
And then Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) tries focus the debate with a great question — leading McConnell to a classic “oops-not-really-what-I-meant-to-say” moment (“I’m extremely grateful that these companies are giving us the opportunity to engage in vote buying” [sic])
But no one makes this point more clearly and powerfully than the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), as he responds to the squabble between McCain and McConnell about the meaning of the word “corruption.” And this is the clip that the Minority Leader really needs to watch:
Amen, brother. We miss you. We need more to listen to your words.
#NHRebellion put together a “Superbowl Ad,” about our 185-mile journey to fight systemic corruption. Plz share. #NHR http://thndr.it/1e8TAGw
On the first day, a backpack with a GoPro, a projector, and a bunch of electronics (total about $1500) disappeared. Reminding us all: Don’t put all your electronics in a single backpack.
The #NHRebellion walk is over. Sadness follows. It was an incredible team that walked more than 6,400 miles in aggregate, and I miss them already. After I catch my breath, I’ll write about what I learned. For now: stuff you can’t see from in front of a computer screen.
Yup. This is all about that video I made. This whole thing is wonderful...