The Commons Video

Feb 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Commentary

The Commons Video is a 3 minute 46 second animation (licensed under CC BY), making the case for an expansive conception of “The Commons” as a means to achieve a society of justice and equality.

From the video’s description:

In a just world, the idea of wealth–be it money derived from the work of human hands, the resources and natural splendor of the planet itself–and the knowledge handed down through generations belongs to all of us. But in our decidedly unjust and imperfect world, our collective wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. There is be a better way–the notion of the commons–common land, resources, knowledge–is a common-sense way to share our natural, cultural, intellectual riches.

As we see the music industry turned on its head, newspapers dying, Monty Python making money by giving away their funny bits and bloggers getting more views than major news organizations, its seems that the changes introduced by the Internet are catching up with us.

People aren’t going to pay for what they can get for free – so learning how to navigate the Creative Commons is becoming more and more vital to new media and our culture.

via Creative Commons

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