Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Too Much Content

I’ve got so much that I want to post, it’s really disconcerting. I’m not sure where to start, where to continue, how to organize. Every day there are a million links I want to share. I finally started a stumbleupon account just because that is what that site is based around, so hopefully not all of it will flood into here every time I find something I think is interesting (which is a lot.)

I will link stuff that I think is really important, of course. I was passed this link along in comments on the last couple posts by Imperfectionist and you deserve to watch it too: Good Copy Bad Copy is a documentary on copyright and creatives in the new emerging culture. It’s really amazing.

It’s available for full at that link. After watching it I donated the price of a movie ticket to them, and was happily surprised to get a personal thank you email back almost instantly. That kind of interaction over international borders is what this is all about. It makes me actually pleased to spend money, instead of feeling bad about my consumerist impulses. Like my experimental film teacher remarked today, perhaps we will all be buskers soon. I certainly don’t mind that concept. Don’t get me wrong, when I was talking about the Orphan Works thing, it isn’t that I’m against the revamping of copyright law, it’s that I think it needs to support creativity instead of commercial interests.

In terms of my work, in order to help understand the concept behind Minute Load better, I’ve put 56 youtube videos in one youtube video. This is at 3x speed. I may add this to the project page with a note that actually seeing the embedded videos yourself will create unique patterns, but it will not work as well on slower computers or old browsers. Thoughts?

I’m using this to examine the seemingly random nature of streaming media load times. It’s interesting to me because it is hard to identify patterns, but we know on a certain level everything is controlled by traceable elements, numbers and data. It’s just extremely unlikely we could ever identify why things turn out in a certain way. In that aspect it reminds me of organic elements in nature, branch formations, etc. We understand it on one level, but it will always astound us on another.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 6:15 pm  

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