P2P: a Yin and Yang of Cultural Revolution
Miriam Rainsford responds with P2P: Revolution or Evolution to Siva Vaidhyanathan’s series of essays on openDemocracy.net.
The language of anarchy used by Siva Vaidhyanathan to describe peer-to-peer networks cannot capture the nature of the change they represent – no less than the birth of a new epoch of culture.
Essentially they agree over P2P generally, but at a closer level of abstraction, they disagree on terminology and effect. She believes P2P is a quieter, more subtle affair, that "will play a crucial role in the evolution of the next major world culture." Read them both for their interesting discussion.
Posted by Mary Hodder at January 15, 2004 07:03 PM
p2p seems highly constructive... people are building their musical collections, experiencing new things, getting cultural input (disregarding taking away the ability for Lars Ulrich to install the gold-plated floating bar in his pool). Anarchy is definitely not constructive...