52 Shades of Greed – illustrated playing cards for economic education.
Some remarkable sound editing there, in an homage to celebrated director Darren Aronofsky.
Gold. The 92Y does a dramatic reading of Obama’s campaign emails.
The sound of a dying star – sound doesn’t travel in space, but astronomer Jon Miller and his team translated the frequency of signals they captured in observing a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole nearly 4 billion light years away.
For Julia Child’s 100th birthday today, the iconic chef remixed.
To see how copyright law may survive, we have to ask, beyond the pieties and legal niceties, what its real social function is and whether there is at least a large constituency in favor of that function continuing.
Copyright, we see, is not essentially driven by notions of justice or theories of ownership, but by a certain culture’s attachment to a certain literary form. If people only read poetry, which you can never stop poets producing even when you pay them nothing at all, then the law of copyright would disappear in a trice.
At the New York Review of Books, Tim Parks asks, Does Copyright Matter?
“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work…. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable.”
Literary Jukebox – new Tumblr project offers a daily quote from a favorite book, thematically matched with a song.