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“Social media” does not mean “Facebook and Twitter”

There’s a constricted idea of what the internet is capable of. Social media is immediatly attributed to Facebook and Twitter because they’re the biggest players on the field. In Sweden, Spotify is getting great press even though Jamendo is the superior choice for music distribution. The internet is not trade or services – it’s communication.

Someone suggests teaching Facebook to schools to make them understand social media. But if we attribute it the label “social media”, do we not suggest much more than a lucky US-based company which merely offers a centralised, restrictive, surveilled and censored service? This post is not aimed at that specific article however. It’s much more general than that.

What we see today are only a proof of concept for a baseline of possibilites available by way of the internet. The current “globally used” (what about Brazil and China?) services are all centralised and restrictive. We are bound to see future development in even more awesome social networking technologies available to common internet users – similar to Google Wave. Today we have user-created services with user-generated content and the key of the future is decentralization. This implies even more social interaction, resulting in greater user-based filtering.

Personally, I’m seeing the world from a technical point of view. Unfortunately, for the end-user, the development process is often irrelevant. Free software is thought of as “free as in beer”, not free as in speech. Culture is copied and fileshared without regards to copyright laws, and thus Free culture is also viewed just as if it wasn’t priced. The steps to a common understanding of librethe right to use, modify and share – seem long and far away. Nevertheless they’re prerequisites for future development in online social networking.

Then how do we change this nihilistic, disrespective view on social media’s true nature? One might start with presenting Twitter’s main open source competitor identi.ca, using Creative Commons Attribution licensing. Also there’s the open source WordPress, which I use, that is superior in all aspects to any proprietary platform such as Google’s Blogger or Sweden’s popular “blogg.se”. Another service is the unfortunately closed source Flickr, but at least CC-licensing is a given choice there.

If the general public starts recognising what separates these services from the proprietary and restrictive ones, we are not far from a social media revolution. One might not immediatly think about it, but copyright issues today enforce a noticable restriction on social media development. Sites like YouTube are more successful than progressive open source alternatives simply because they have a legal department financed by Google. Free licenses, however, effectively reduce the amount of bureacracy needed to come up with new ideas.

A lighter copyright regulation would immediatly spawn several new internet top sites. To catch a glimpse of the future-to-be, compare the all-praised Spotify with its direct libre counterpart, Jamendo. The latter allows you to listen without registration, payment or advertisement. Jamendo also allows you to choose your music player of choice, embed it on other web services, download entire albums for offline-access. Heck, Jamendo even lets you support the artists and easily share your own works! From what I hear, Spotify can’t do any of those things.

The future is decentralization. With my above conclusions, users can soon also take part in the distribution, not just generation, of content. It’ll be harder to make mad profit, so there’ll be resistance – but this also introduces significantly lower costs. Given that the internet isn’t crippled along the way, we’ll be getting there site by site, API by API. Open standards, one by one. Shortly followed (or introduced?) by Free – libre – software implementations. Paving the path for true social networking.

Update 2009-12-31 14.23: I forgot to mention the most important part about Jamendo – they allow you to upload your own, independent work to benefit from the entire Creative Commons community.

Cory Doctorow, I found through the EFF, mentions that anyone against DRM-free e-books by consequence wishes to abolish the printed book, since printed books have an ancient history of being shared regardless of copyright. That’s exactly why social media can’t be social as long as we’ve got specific laws which are different from afk social behaviour.

Morlocks @ Sunset Park 2009

Jag fortsätter på liveklipp från Sunset Park. Denna gång är det Morlocks med låten Happy Day in Zombietown. Fetbra industri(?).

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Jag väntar på eventuellt mastrat ljudspår, så klippet kan tänkas bytas/ändras.

Varför har vi inte fler industriband i Umeå egentligen? Ninedee är väl Umeårelaterad, men jag efterfrågar mer! MOARRRRR!

I fucked the pope and he liked it

Jag stötte på the creator of awesome gay eurotechno idag på Umeå Pride. Fick tips att youtuba på Common People of Umeå.

Finns det något bättre än remixmojs och grejer? Att det är eurotechno gör det ju inte sämre! I like your big gay ass, I really like it yes! Big gay ass!

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Att det sedan får mig att må dåligt i kropp och själ, det är helt irrelevant. Jag tar bara och botar mig själv med Common People of Umeås “I fucked the pope”. En parodi på Katy Perrys “I kissed a girl”:

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Awesome.

UmeTube och HTML5

Frågan är om jag ö.h.t. hinner meka färdigt UmeTube innan HTML5 blivit accepterat av samtliga större webläsare och Ogg/Theora+Vorbis tagit över världen.

UmeTube är alltså tänkt att vara ett projekt på mindre skala som nyttjar fri mjukvara och fria licenser för att distribuera video med material relaterat till Umeå med omnejd. Typ.

Men en fråga till läsarna, vilka svagheter har YouTube? På implementationslistan ligger åtminstone att själv välja aspect-ratio (MPEG-container ftl) och givetvis att skippa Flash. Förhoppningsvis är implementationerna i t.ex. Firefox 3.5 för HTML5 bra nog när jag är färdig .)

Nedladdningsbart till iPod/PSP? Kanske stöd för endast-ljudfiler (så man slipper stillbildsvideo) eller massuppladdning med zip/tar-filer? Hur lång bör maxlängden på en video vara?

Kort sagt: Varför suger YouTube?

PS. Någon som vill köra superkluster i sin källare för all beräkningskraft som behövs för detta? :)

PS2. Jag vet att YouTube sneglat på <video/>-taggar, men de är insnöade på libx264 fortfarande. Jag vill mena att det finns problem med det alternativet.

Action Art feat. Walle från Wasalandia

Action Art People of Awesome (AAPA) tog en promenad idag på stan. Där stötte vi bland annat på Walle, Wasalandias maskot. Walle gillade idén med att surfa på surfingbrädan!

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Awesome!

Vi passade även på att göra lite mer hiphop-gangsta-yoyo. Fast det här blev tydligen lite för mycket när vi skulle använda Gorillaz – Kids With Guns som soundtrack. Så dra åt helvete, WMG som klagade genom automatik på YouTube. Jag har överklagat det! Fuck the DMCA.

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Hur man gör en åkarbrasa

Wikipedia hade tidigare idag en, enligt mig, felaktig beskrivning av hur man gör en “åkarbrasa”. Därför behövde jag göra följande video för att beskriva hur det ska göras på riktigt!

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Beskrivningen på Wikipedia var:

Det går till så att man i snabb takt omväxlande sträcker ut armarna och sedan slår ihop dem runt överkroppen.

…vilket jag ändrade till

Det går till så att man i snabb takt gnuggar händerna mot överkroppen, oftast utanpå kläderna.

Tack internet för att du lyssnade. Hoppas det här ligger kvar nu.

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

This is the best summary of the concept of user generated content. The fact that one-way medias are no longer the strong-hold of the media industry. Content is generated in our own backyards, in our own homes, and available on a stage larger than any ever seen in the history of our world.

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The fact that everyone can create content from any source, be it one’s own or not, is the single most important reason to change copyright law. A new world is dawning. We need a new world order! The user generated world order.

Internet is AWESOME.

Miljöpartiet har gjort en film om fildelning

Jag missade tydligen Miljöpartiets film “I wouldn’t steal”, som är en spoof på MPAA’s antipiratfilm, i början av 2008:

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Förövrigt är Godwins lag är en välriktad kritik mot diskussioner, oavsett om det är på internet eller ej. Godwins lag förutspår sådant som Bert Karlsson gör – agerar som en skitstövel på nationell tv och anklagar folk för nazism. Här har ni ett exempel på Godwins lag från piratsidan. You wouldn’t invade Poland!

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Givetvis finns det en uppsjö med klipp, så här har ni något ännu roligare. You wouldn’t steal a baby!

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Sedan finns det ju även (oförutsedd) humor från antipiraternas sida. Hähä. The pirates are out to get you!

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Celine Dion encourages piracy(?)

Celine Dion, as many other famous artists, has discovered YouTube. Now she encourages people to add her song as a soundtrack to their own videos, then upload to YouTube and tag it in a certain way.

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What she’s saying is basically “find or create a copy of my song”. Had she been the sole copyright holder of the produced material (she’s most likely not, considering how businesses work), it would be okay to say this straight out, but I guess in this case it’s part of some promotion campaign. (the same goes with Lars Ulrich)

Remember that that even copying for a private purpose is illegal in some countries, and more so is uploading the song to YouTube. And this being nothing but a promotional stunt seems rather obvious. Also, in case Celine Dion just doesn’t suffer from tics, she’s shaking her head while telling everyone how much she loves performing. In fact, I think she’s being held captive and is trying to communicate with the outside world.

However, to me this sounds like “download my song”, considering how buying her song on a CD and ripping it is troublesome. Also, you can’t add your legally “bought” DRM-handicapped music as a soundtrack without performing even more troublesome ripping.

Unless of course you can buy it in a 100% compatible MP3 format! (oh the irony in my voice…)