In this TedTalk, Lawrence Lessig speaks on the effects internet copyright laws have on creativity. I agree with Lessig as far as opposing rules and regulations that restrict the innocent use of media by the general public. But I also see the internet, as it is today, as a machine that curbs the creativity and thought process of the youth today.
I’ve spent most of my adolescent years on the internet. From dial-up AOL chatrooms to message boards and forums, I’ve seen the internet change from a free flowing creative community that was fueled purely by the love of individuals turn into a gateway for corporations to control and monetize the public. Youtube is one of the best examples I can think of that show this change.
When Youtube was starting out the majority of their content was user generated. Their most popular content were original comedy shorts or vlogs created by individuals that were just using the internet as an outlet to express themselves. A small community formed around these videos and the individuals. When Google bought Youtube, they started the partnership program and monetized the videos, the sense of community died soon after and it became a business. The most popular channels and videos on Youtube now are scripted big productions following a formula made to try and catch the essence of amateur videos of yesteryear. This changed the way and reason why the average person makes a video or even a comment today.
I also think the internet today is so over saturated by media and things to do that it leaves no room for the youth today to be bored. Being bored plays an important role in our lives because I believe boredom breeds creativity, innovation, and most importantly introspection.
I’d like to share some videos that still hold some nostalgic value that are appropriate enough to post
This has mild vulgar language and slightly inappropriate content but I think he encapsulates the essence of what the internet was pre-youtube, pure unadulterated creativity.