A few observations for today

– No matter how hard I try to keep New Year’s resolutions, I wind up breaking them before the end of January.  This year’s was for a minimum of 1  weekly blog posts for my site…  broken by the second week…  gah.  The good news is I can still make good by actually doing it.

– There seems to be a generational lack of respect for someone else’s work, starting with the millenials.  I say this based on a few Twitter discussions I had this week.  I am all about the ability to share good content on the web, but give credit where credit is due. Quality content is NOT a commodity, but seems to be headed that way.  I wonder how much years of exposure to Napster, Limewire and other file sharing services has to do with this emerging attitude?

– If my unsolicited contacts are any sort of determinant, 2011 is truly the year of social media for business.  Want to hire me? Better get in now.

– Made the jump into coworking this year.  Spend most of my days at ThincSavannah now.  I’m still early in the process, but has been extremely rewarding so far with networking opportunities and other benefits for my business.  If you are local and want to try it out, drop me  a note. I have some day-passes to try it.

– You can’t do customer service on Twitter in a half-hearted way – I’m looking at you DirecTV.  Last Saturday night during the first quarter of the Falcons-Packers game, DirecTV lost the signal for the Savannah Fox affiliate.  Myself, and at least five other Twitterers were publicy voicing questions and displeasure about the incident. Not a peep from DirecTV until the following morning where they sent form apologies.  This isn’t good enough. Responses need to be quicker, and much more substantive.

Alright- off my soapbox.  Let me know what you think about any or all of my rantings.

  • Hey, Seth:

    Good stuff, but I’m unclear about your bit on the “generational lack of respect.” Can you explain more what you meant there?

    Thanks, man. Power to you,

    -royc.

  • Hey Roy,

    Absolutely. Thanks for asking. When I say “generational lack of respect” it might be too broad of a generalization. But, I was speaking with some 20-somethings on Twitter last week who had no issue with publishing someone else’s work as their own on their own site. When I questioned them about it, I got a flippant response of “Welcome to the Internet.”

    So, the theory that I am posing is that since that generation has grown up in a world of file sharing- whether legal or illegal- with content at their fingertips, I am thinking they view content, whether it be music, art, writing or anything else, as something they can re-purpose for their own wants without proper attribution.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…

    Seth

  • Well, I can see both sides of this. Taking someone else’s work without attribution is clearly uncool, but calling it a “general lack of respect for content” sounds very much of the old order to me — especially stated according to generation. Giving credit to original creators is less important than allowing new art to thrive. Knowing history is less important than getting on with things (Creative Commons is making strides to fix this). Taking content, manipulating it, changing it, and making it your own in some way is part of the 21st century’s culturally creative toolbox. This requires the new creatives to actually do something new with it, but it also requires the old order to get over themselves. It’s the only way forward.

    • Seth

      I’m not so sure that allowing new art to thrive is more important than understanding where it came from. I think context- history being a large part of context- is essential for art to have meaning. Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

      I also don’t think giving credit to an original creator and new art thriving is an either/or scenario. Now I understand that existing copyright laws can make it difficult to repurpose and remix work, which is unfortunate. But, I also think the sort of thing that started this discussion- people taking work that isn’t there’s and republishing it in their own venue for profit – is the sort of thing that the laws are there to prevent. Even Creative Commons stresses that credit be given to the original creator of the work, otherwise you are in violation of the agreement.

      I agree that changing existing art is an essential form of expression, and the Internet has played a big role in the emergence of the “remix” as an art form. But I also think that this massive distribution channel has done something to diminish the value of work being done. While my orginal wording “a general lack of disrespect” might sound like the old order, I’m not sure there is a much better way to put it. Even today scarcity equates to value, so this isn’t a “you kids get off my damn lawn!” moment so much a discussion of what it valuable with those who have grown up with access to everything at their fingertips.

      But perhaps it isn’t generational at all, and has more to do with personal motivation. One person looks at a work and appreciates it for what it is, while another immediately sees a way to express themselves through that work, while honoring the original intent of the artist, while yet another immediately sees the way they can benefit from it. I suppose that sort of thinking existed long before the Internet. Certainly interesting to think about.