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[rocket boom] [♪ Rocketboom theme music ♪] Fame comes to us from the broadcast world. ROFL Con It's actually a product of the broadcast system, which is a one to many systems, so the one gives to us David Weinberger, Berkman Fellow and Author as an investment then, providing to us, famous people. Which we receive gratefully, we're generally very happy to provide them and to know them. [Sounds of audience laughing] The famous become a special class of people. Special is the type of being they are, as far as they're famous, they're a special class of people. Which we are supposed to stand back and admire, and permit them to do their excessive things. If you are famous, for example, you can shoot somebody in the face, and nobody even looks into it. [Sounds of audience laughing] This is -- the fame system -- as we get into the broadcast world, is all about alienation. It's us versus them, where they are a special type of person, a way of being. Well, the celebrities don't like us to see them without their makeup. But we like to see them that way. Because that helps to get over this ontological -- this difference of being. They cease to be stars, cease to be famous, when we see them as they actually are. But on the web, in blogging for example, blogging is all about taking off the makeup. You're wearing your makeup while you're blogging, and somebody is powdering your face because you're looking a little shiny while you're blogging, you're not blogging -- you're doing something else -- but you're not blogging. Perfection now is the enemy of credibility. It used to be that if we only believed that which was entirely perfect in its presentation to us that any mar -- a typo -- was a sign of lack of care, and thus loss of credibility. Not quite the reverse is true. We are ceasing to believe that which is to perfect because we know it can't be, we know they have got to be lying somewhere! It's got to be wrong somewhere! We're still made by human beings, why doesn't it smell like a human being anymore? Perfection alienates us from credibility. Blogging, from its beginning, has been about people who are talking in a way that exposes themselves as valuable human beings. It's built into the time, the schedule, of blogging. You blog everyday, you blog several times a day. You don't have time to send it to rewrite. And so you post it. Should I spell check? No, post it. It's okay! In fact, it's better than okay. The fact that we know that when we're reading somebody's blog that what he's writing was written without regard for complete polish and perfection, that it's worth of a fallible human being, means we have a path as readers to preemptively forgive our bloggers. And that type of preemptive forgiveness is, that's a type of intimacy. This is the I Kiss You blog from Mahir Cagril from 1999. Mahir Cagri He's one of the first big web fans. Mahir posted a page -- he's a Turkish photographer, full time journalist, plays the accordian -- he posted this really enthusiastic page. Which has "Welcome to my home page! I kiss you!" and went on from there, where he talked in -- not perfect English -- about what he likes, what he doesn't like, showed some pictures of himself. [Sounds of audience laughing] And this. . . [Sounds of audience clapping and cheering] This is the light sabor guy, a kid, who felt humiliated by being made famous. And if you ask me, this was not us at our best. I don't know why people passed this around. But, the kid didn't seem to like it very much. Famous is becoming ours, we are making it ours, as we are doing to so much else in our culture, through free culture. But even the main point of free culture is not -- it's not that it's free -- it's actually neither, the main point is that it's ours. It reflects us for all of its strengths, and all of our weaknesses, all of our flaws, all of our brilliance, all of our greediness, and all of our willingness to give totally to others. Fame now reflects us. Thank you. [Sounds of audience clapping and cheering]

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Duration: 4 minutes and 23 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 214
Posted by: rocketboom on May 1, 2008

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