[-empyre-] [empyre] producers and consumers

Joseph -
thanks for your thoughts. I call my thoughts utopian because I simultaneously cannot help but see the "megalith of the consumption of popular culture" as a very very large obstacle towards true spontaneous and collective creative acts. As a committed teacher, I am a firm believer in personal creativity. However on occasion I have experienced art and media students, for example, turning in projects created by other artists or by Hollywood as their own -- not as plagiaristic solutions to the assignment, but because the commercial works "said what they wanted to say *for* them" and the students thought this was the same as personal creativity. (Believe me, this has resulted in many many long discussions!) In many circles, at least in the US, we've become a culture where years can pass by before someone might face the challenge of actually *making* anything - food, clothing, gift, etc etc.

But -- I'm optimistic and personally chipping away at this particular megalith. It would thrill me to no end to find out about and download music by Mrs. Ludmilla Borghese of Pavia, for example, instead of Madonna! But right now, for example, the top ten on filesharing systems focused on music tend to be the top ten on the charts, etc.

~ m a r y

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  1. the role of participants as *both* producers and consumers (Joseph Nechvatal)


Message: 1
From: "Joseph Nechvatal" <joseph_nechvatal@hotmail.com>
To: empyre@lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 22:53:38 +0000
Subject: [-empyre-] the role of participants as *both* producers and consumers
Reply-To: empyre@lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au

Dear Mary

When you say that "the role of participants as *both* producers and consumers
needs to be emphasized" I fully consent. This is very important. Yes, we must look forward to the time when every user is also a server - a time when the upload/download process is complimentary (at least between creative people). This in no way seems utopian to me. Does it to you?

Please let me hear from you on this at your leisure.

Joseph Nechvatal

home page: http://www.nechvatal.net


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