Friday, April 22, 2011

Larry Lessig on Law Strangling Creativity

This, is one of the most important talks I've heard, that directly relates to our daily life and our kids. Because at the end he explains how we are making our kids and our artists in many cases, illegal in ways that make them understand life as living always somewhat outside the law. We can't stop creativity, we can only make it illegal.
Larry Lessig

If you don't want to listen to the whole talk, go to 9 mins in. It's pretty funny. However, after that first anime, if you are Chistian or don't find Jesus being utilized in any way other than serious, as objectionable, just don't go past the anime at 9 mins.

You should take a few minutes and watch the entire video, it's very informative and relevant. But for now, here is his summation:

"It is technology that has made them different, and as we see what this technology can do we need to recognize you can't kill the instinct the technology produces; we can only criminalize it. We can't stop our kids from using it; we can only drive it underground. We can't make our kids passive again; we can only make them, quote, "pirates." And is that good? We live in this weird time, it's kind of age of prohibitions, where in many areas of our life, we live life constantly against the law. Ordinary people live life against the law, and that's what I -- we -- are doing to our kids. They live life knowing they live it against the law. That realization is extraordinarily corrosive, extraordinarily corrupting. And in a democracy we ought to be able to do better. "

Larry Lessig at TED talking on Law Strangling Creativity.

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