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PIPA, Pirates, Profit, and Pop Culture

PIPA, Pirates, Profit, and Pop Culture

Before I got a design degree in strategic foresight and innovation, I got my first Master’s with a thesis on Japanese animation, cyborg theory, and fan culture. The connection between these two degrees? Their focus on technology, early adopters, and the changing face of copyright. During my first grad school stint, I was considered a little unusual for running a seminar at LiveJournal, reviewing essays on fanfiction and fair use. During my second, my classmates picked my brain about Henry…

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Ten years ago today:

Ten years ago today:

The CBC reminded me this morning that today marks the ten-year anniversary of what happened at Columbine. I immediately thought of this song, which Amanda Palmer apparently wrote upon learning about what happened, but waited for years to debut. Unlike most of the hysterical anti-kid, anti-media reactions that followed (for perspective, see Henry Jenkins’ chapter on speaking to Congress about videogames), Palmer sought to insert herself in the killers’ subjectivity, to understand them from within rather than without. It’s this…

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