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Clay Shirky believes that the new SOPA bill that congress may pass is a bad idea. I very much agree with him. SOPA stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act. What SOPA will do is take away many freedoms online and in modern media today. Clay Shirky knows that this is a bad idea and points out some of the many flaws it has. Shirky says the real threat of SOPA and PIPA (a similar bill basically known as Protect IP) is our ability to share things with one another yet SOPA turns that into “you can’t share, till you show us that you’re not sharing something we don’t like. Shirky also tells us how if it costs even a dime to police a user, that user will be policed if they are sharing unapproved media. This connects with me because I personally love to watch YouTube videos and listen to music from online sights. This affects me because any YouTube video with ANY piece of uncopywritted content would be taken down. This means that all song remixes and movie mashups would be taken down and even things such as game plays of things such as Call of Duty. All of which are a very big part of web entertainment for kids of my generation. This would change the web as we know it. There is a great video on the web that explains more of SOPA’s flaws from a non government point of view and can be seen here:
Clay Shirky is very effective with his speaking. Throughout his TED talk one thing I noticed him do was make eye contact with the audience. He was never looking down and made it easier to connect with him as he talked knowing that he was confident. He also used very good examples in his talk which made it easier to understand his points. Some of these examples were even humorous which was very helpful. Shirky had a very simple presentation but it was effective. His direct talking to the audience and use of examples made the speech easy to understand and enjoyable to listen to.
This video matters because SOPA affects everyone. With taking away the ability to share media online they are taking away many things. YouTube is a fantastic place to find out about new music, the problem with this is that not all people who share this music have copy write for it. Most artists don’t mind this at all and it actually helps them get more popular, in fact YouTube is how many big artists today got started, Justin Beiber as an example. By talking away this ability to share things such as music it will be much harder for artists to even get a shot at the limelight and it will make it difficult for average people to enjoy some of this fantastic music which can be found on the web. SOPA will also take away many forms of entertainment. Believe it or not there are people on YouTube who make game plays of things like Call of Duty or Minecraft that have over one million subscribers. SOPA would make these game plays impossible by making the YouTub-er have to get permission from the gaming company to make these videos and also from the artist to use the background music. Not an easy task. SOPA affects everyone and I agree with Clay Shirky that it is a bad idea.
"Riveting Talks by Remarkable People, Free to the World." TED: Ideas worth Spreading. Web. 17 Apr. 2012.
YouTube. YouTube. Web. 17 Apr. 2012.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Blog Response to Sir Ken Robinson’s “Schools kill creativity”
Sir Ken Robinson is a firm believer that schools kill creativity. This was the focus of his TED talk that allowed others to see his views on the many flaws of today’s education. Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk was very well formatted. He used some humor to help the audience get involved but also was able to leave lasting impressions with his speech. Robinson started his presentation by showing the audience what he thought would be a better education than what we use today. He talked of how studies like English and math are very important but are definitely not more important than subjects such as dance and art that are less valued in modern education. Robinson talked of how these subjects can be just as valuable to a child’s education as things like math and science. I can agree with Robinson on this and very much think that creative subjects should be promoted much more in modern day education. Some kids may not want to be scientists or doctors when they grow up, some may choose to be a painter or dancer and they should be given equal opportunity to succeed. More examples of how these subjects can be beneficial can be seen in the following article:
One reason Robinson’s speech may have gone over so well was because of the way he presented it. By speaking with humor and connecting the audience he was able to make it easier for people to understand what he was attempting to put across and it also helped the audience feel more connected to the speech. By inserting humorous lines or jokes into his speech he was able to keep the audience entertained and involved. Robinson’s speech technique was very good and these skills were very beneficial to his TED talk.
I can personally connect with this video very much. My current schedule consists of geometry, English, biology, business technology, and Spanish. I enjoy all of these classes but I hardly get to embrace some of the creative aspects of my personality in them. I would love to take a class such as art or music but they are not as valued in the education system of today and are not as important for people who may decide my future. In most societies kids go to school in the hopes to get a good job and live a stable life. Robinson touched on this subject and talked about just how flawed it is that children of today go through the motions not out of passion but simply to achieve that stable job everyone craves.
"Creative Learning â€“ Art and Culture in Education." Creative Learning â€“ Art and Culture in Education. Web. 16 Apr. 2012.
Creative Learning â€“ Art and Culture in Education. Web.