“A New Cultural Economy”

… is the topic artists, geeks, academics and others are discussing at this year Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.

Joi Ito, the conference “curator,” challenged us to unlock the knowledge we’ve created via tech, open licensing, and the Semantic Web. We need to get past the copyright holders vs. the pirates bifurcation and need to look at nuance and at the hybrid projects.

Further more he argued against the idea that amateur vs. professional means good vs. excellent. Since production costs are rapidly fallen Amateurs have access to high-quality tools and do what they do out of love. The question going along with this is: How do we adapt our culture, economy and government to adapt to a generation that would rather produce and remix than consume?

Here is his entire intro:

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