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Participatory Culture and the Democratization of Information

Posted in Analysis, Democratization of Information, Geek, Music, Social Computing, Television on December 27th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

An example of the trend towards information democracy is the democratization of culture. “Participatory Culture” is the modern trend of many individuals contributing to the mass of popular culture rather than culture being broadcast from a small elite of performers. By analogy, Hollywood’s hegemony over movies and television represented a communist politburo where a small group had the power and responsibility to control the cultural experiences of the masses. Today’s information technology is tearing down this monopoly that broadcasters held, and thus democratizing culture through three mechanisms: easier content creation, distribution, and a better editorial process. We’ll look at each…

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2009: A Year of Commitments

Posted in Community, Economics, Ego, Personal Growth on December 17th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

As the year wraps up, I’d like to share some of the major events that have happened in my life recently. Many of my readers will be well aware of these events, but I recognize that personal news travels through a variety of channels, and all of those channels are unreliable. (I’ll save the diatribe on why Facebook is a horrible way to keep up with friends for another day.) For readers who are looking for insightful analysis of technology, my apologies. Note the “ego” tag. This is a personal update but does contain a little insight into real-estate finance….

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