I had the pleasure of having a conversation today with a very intelligent and insightful computer science professor. We were discussing the long term feasibility of the Gulp Media project.
We spoke of content being free, creative expression and artistry, privacy, data mining, marketing and anything else I could get his take on. He is undeniably super smart.
I asked him if he thought content in the future will always be free and whether or not true artists deserved to be credited and rewarded. He responded by saying that he did not want to talk about religion. I think it’s funny that he used that term.
Does the opinion of the masses, expressed through the use and application of the Internet and the beliefs of how it should best operate, constitute a religion? I guess I’ve just answered my own question…beliefs. I’m sure one could argue that hope and faith are much more anchored in the definition of religion but let’s stick with beliefs.
Do the masses truly believe that an individual’s creativity, most often expressed through unique skills (artwork, music, film, writing, etc.), is worthless and undeserving of financial compensation?
Do the masses really want personalized news and content as I saw quoted today? Isn’t that awfully dangerous for a society? Haven’t we seen that movie before? If I recall, it did not end well.
Do the masses think that creative expression can be crowd sourced? If so, where in society is there a place for individuality? More importantly, where is there a place for differences of opinion and contrariety?
Do the masses act like physics particles or inanimate objects always following the path of least resistance?
Does spending hours checking friends updates, uploading damaging videos, spreading malicious rumors, bullying individuals and playing fart games constitute productivity or advancement for a society or species?
I am no student of history, but if we look back at some of the most influential people of all time, were they not mavericks? Contrarians? Individuals expressing very unique ideas, opinions, and thoughts?
If this is “your” religion, I want no part of it. Unfortunately, I do not have an alternative. Like gum on the bottom of my shoe, on a hot day, I’m stuck with it. How grand!
I guess I need to start my own religion, one with hope and faith that the Internet will morph into something better over time.
I don’t want personalized news or opinion, I want an individual’s. I don’t want to make it financially unfeasible for artists to entertain and express, they should be justly compensated. I am not lazy, following the path of least resistance, I embrace challenges. I certainly do not want to harm others. Hard work, ingenuity, entrepreneurship, talent and sacrifice should benefit those who have the tenacity to persevere. If I take the risk, do I not deserve the reward? Or consequence?
Most of all, by definition, you CAN NOT crowd source uniqueness. Isn’t that what makes us human? Makes us individuals?
I guess there’s always hope, something apparently missing from the religion of the Internet.
Gotta go. Need to pray.
p.s. You know what’s even funnier, I’m not a religious man!