Picking a fight with the wrong guy

This week, we read a piece by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig on copyright. Here’s a recent NPR story about an Australian record company that decided to pick a fight with him about fair use. They probably picked the wrong guy…

Listen to the NPR story and watch the mashup of “Lisztomania” by Phoenix, The Breakfast Club & Pretty in Pink (if you haven’t before).


Discussion on Wednesday, April 20

The discussion leaders for tomorrow are Vanna, Lindsay, and Brienne. The topic is MOOCs and the future of education. They would like you to watch this video at    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQNvmQH_YM 

Please come prepared to discuss the following questions:

If you are hiring would this type of education turn you off to hire a person? Or, would this information be considered valuable, and more importantly, unique compared to other applicants who have only a degree from a university? In your opinion, are MOOCs credible or illegitimate? 
Do you believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Would you ever consider enrolling in MOOCs before a traditional, classroom course?
 Do MOOCs democratize higher education?
What do you think is the future of education?
Do you think MOOCs are just a fad? Do you think they’ll continue to gain popularity or eventually “fizzle out”?
Also, please check out the Twitter posts by Molly and me about the breaking news on Udacity.

Make-up assignment for next week: evaluate your free labor

For those of you who will miss next week’s class (or if you’re going to be in class, you may receive .5 points extra credit for doing this assignment):

Your assignment is to evaluate the “free” labor you do as a part of being online—your user-generated content, co-creation, blogging, etc. and what Ian Bogost calls “hyperemployment” in this text below:


You should write a 500-word essay that is half a response to this piece by Bogost, and half an analysis of your own digital labor. What are you giving away for free? What might that be worth in dollars, if you based it on minimum wage? How fair is or is not the trade that you’re doing?

Discussion: karaoke, apps & Josiah Leming

Hey it’s Grace, Eva, and Ruilin, your discussion leaders for this week!

First off, we want to talk about a singer who became popular by posting her music on the internet in China. Her name is A-Fu, she covered the song “Nothing on you”– B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars and posted it on Youtube. She became famous since then.

Link of this video(original post):

I also follow her Weibo in China. (Weibo is similar to Twitter. ) I feel close to her when reading her new status on Weibo. Her Weibo address is here: http://weibo.com/afuuu666


This is an app that is popular among Chinese young people. They record their own songs and post them. If you have an account, you can “like” someone and give him or her flowers. Many people have their own fans and become famous. (show screen shots, demonstrate?)

I’ll relate this to the second question.


  1. Do you think the development and application of digital technologies and social media makes positive influence of not?
  2. If you are a musician or a producer, will you use social media or other internet platforms as a marketing strategy and why?
  3. Do you think the public sphere is effiective for solving the political or social issues?

Josiah Leming is a musician who often uses Twitter to communicate with his fans and has even replied to my own tweets. He even followed me on Twitter a year ago when I asked him to on my birthday, and still does follow me. The way in which he communicates with his fans has helped boost his fan support because they feel like he is interested in them. He also often uses his twitter to reveal sneak peeks of new songs, and when he was coming out with a new live album, he would reveal what tracks he was going to be performing live once a day via twitter.

1. Has anyone else in the class had an experience similar to this?
2. How do you think social media can help improve an artist’s popularity?

Josiah Leming’s website: http://josiahleming.com
Josiah Leming’s twitter: https://twitter.com/josiahleming

Let’s Sing: Chinese karaoke app

From Eva:

“This is an app that is popular among Chinese young people. They record their own songs and post them. If you have an account, you can “like” someone and give him or her flowers. Many people have their own fans and become famous. Here are screen shots of the app.



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