A University of California
Multi-Campus Research Group

Fall 2000 Conference: November 3-5

Media Determinism and Media Freedom after the Digital Mutation:
The Matrix and Napster
Questions or issues coming from this talk:
1. There is a liberation narrative coming out of Northern California: peer to peer sharing, open source software movement, and Internetworking as a kind of anti-system enabling unprecedented individual empowerment: what is cogent and what is mystified about this narrative as a map for the future?
2. How should we read, and how seriously should we take, the narratives of personal freedom produced by huge entertainment conglomerates?
3. Most broadly: what sort of digital environmental policy should we pursue so as to sustain the digital cultures we envision?

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