and what to call the medium of interaction enabled by technology…
New Yorkers for Fair Use’s brief in the Grokster “P2P
Filesharing” case:
We ask the Court:
Did the Court of Appeals rightly conclude that the doctrine of
contributory copyright infringement cannot be used to prohibit
the Internet?
We put the same question to the Federal Trade Commission at their
recent “P2P Filesharing” workshop:
Last year, we pulled many voices concerned about the Internet
together at the Internet Commons Congress:
Seth Johnson
New Yorkers for Fair Use
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Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 02:47:16 -0500
From: Seth Johnson
Subject: Connectivity — Re: [Air-l] we need a new word?
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It all comes down to connectivity. End-to-end connectivity.
Connectivity Technology
How about that?
Seth Johnson
New Yorkers for Fair Use
Barry Wellman wrote:
I was speaking at a seminar for non-techies at MIT yesterday (not a
contradiction, as these were community development folks from across the
And I found myself saying — and my PPTs reading — “Internet” — but then
verbally qualifying by saying, “well I really don’t mean the traditional
email Internet, but also IM, chat, lists, video, etc.” (add your favorite
including Usenet and BBS).
What to call it? “Computer mediated communication” is a mouthful, jargony
and chews up PPT space. “New media” is too indistinct and PoMo: moreover,
is email “new media” any more? We should focus on the affordances of
the media and not on the newness.
So what to call it. My first thought at the breakfast table was “e-media”,
but I am open to other suggestions. I also am putting it on the list,
because I am confident that others have had similar dilemmas, and that it
would be best if we had a standard word.
Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
wellman at
Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162
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