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porn, activism and lolcats

Posted at 21:00 on 9 Mar 2009 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: funny, Politics

I was interested to read these lecture notes by Ethan Zuckerman, from a talk on digital media, particularly media designed for the propagation of (usually frivolous) user-generated content, and the role it plays in political broadcasting.

"Id offer the hypothesis that any sufficiently advanced read/write technology will get used for two purposes: pornography and activism. Porn is a weak test for the success of participatory media - its like tapping a mike and asking, Is it on? If youre not getting porn in your system, it doesnt work. Activism is a stronger test - if activists are using your tools, its a pretty good indication that your tools are useful and usable."

Porn and activism - I'd like to think that summed up how I use Blogger. But I think I'm missing something. Clearly I should be posting more lolcats.

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