All that we make and do is shaped by the communities and traditions that contain us, not to mention by money, power, politics, and luck.
Note: I'm devouring Lewis Hyde's major new book, Common as Air, which just arrived on my Kindle.
I mean this book to be a defense of the cultural commons, that vast store of unowned ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich.
Note: Why Lewis Hyde wrote his new book, Common as Air:
The apples in that remark from George Bernard Shaw, like most tangible things, are rivalrous: if I consume them, you cannot. Ideas, inventions, melodies, and ancient epics, on the other hand, are non-rivalrous: if I consume them, so can you.
Note: Reading Lewis Hyde on Kindle makes it easy to learn great new words, like "rivalrous."
This is one reason it seems to me that the entertainment industry’s antipiracy campaigns lack moral force. Yes, people should obey the law, but doing so in this case means participating in the breach of a centuries-old understanding about the public domain.
Note: Lewis Hyde argues that entertainment industry's anti-piracy campaigns "lack moral force."