Beach Walk 111 OTR – Dreaming of a Balance of Power

It’s one thing to talk about peer-to-peer file sharing, and yet another to start balancing the power between content producers and the advertisers who have traditionally paid for the content delivery, or between consumers and the utilities who control access to the internet.

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One thing I have gotten loud and clear at the VLoggercon conference is how so many people have come to despise mainstream media and large corporations – both the advertisers who have underwritten the cost of so much media as well as the telcos and cable companies upon whom we depend for our connections to the internet.

Power is shifting now that you and I can create our own shows and tell our own stories. There are free places to host this content, and though the tech barrier is still high for a non-geek, it is at least possible to create and deliver a program for little money. People are seriously concerned that the internet could be taken away from us by the corporate machine.

While I believe the fears are founded based on historical actions, I believe also that technology has become such a liberating force that we will not be able to go backwards. So no matter what laws might get passed, there will be smart geeks who will figure out a way around them. And no matter how certain people may want to silence our voices, our ability to communicate with each other can not be stopped at this point. The box has been opened and I’m not crawling back in!

Hawaiian words
Mana: power
Hoʻokaulike: to balance evenly

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