- We are the lobbyists
Jeff Jarvis on his blog, BuzzMachine, tries to make sense of the effects of yesterday’s blackout by suggesting that netroots action like this is democratizing lobbying. I think that is too facile a notion, thought to be fair he only proposes it in response to another commentator whining that users on the net should hire lobbyists like corporations. Whether you agree with Jarvis or those on the other side who think mass, de-centralized, virtual protest is dirty pool, I believe we may be on the cusp of a change for the better, with regards to the public interest being heard in a new way. Much work remains to be done in terms of education to avoid passion outracing sense.
- Play the rings of a tree trunk like a record
Cory at BoingBoing linked to an art project that uses a PlayStation Eye camera and Ableton Live to “play” the rings of a thin section of tree trunk. The last interesting sonification I saw was some time ago but this immediately put me in mind of other projects that have translated information into music with intriguing results. In this case, the information is the environmental and historical information the tree encodes into its growth rings over its lifetime.
- Supreme Court rules Congress can re-copyright public domain works
David Kravets, repsoted at Ars Technica from Wired, has what is actually a follow up but I want to highlight as another dash of cold water to temper yesterday’s perceived victory against SOPA and PIPA. The ruling is in response to a plea from those benefiting from public domain works, protesting Congress’ interpretation of a treaty obligation. The upshot is the highest court in the land has indeed affirmed that once again Congress is well within it rights of expanding copyright at the expense of the public domain, our shared cultural heritage.
- SOPA isn’t dead, it’s back on
Cory at Boing Boing emphasizes a point Mike Masnick at Techdirt made on the announcement of changes to the DNS blocking provisions. The bill isn’t dead until it is withdrawn from both chambers of Congress. The bill’s sponsor clearly isn’t ready to call it quits, yet.
- Mozilla demos MediaStream Processing, audio mixing in Firefox, Ars Technica
- Megaupload shut down by feds, seven charged, four arrested, Ars Technica
- UPDATE: Anonymous takes down DoJ, UMG website–attack on Whitehouse.gov underway, Ars Technica