In our Henry Jenkins reading from this week, a particular paragraph stood out to me:
“The French cyberspace theorist Pierre Levy uses the term ‘collective intelligence’ to describe the large-scale information gathering and processing activities that have emerged in web communities. On the internet, he argues, people harness their individual expertise towards shared goals and objectives: ‘No one knows everything, everyone knows something, all knowledge resides in humanity’ (1997).”
It’s easy to see how the internet functions this way (just take a look at wikipedia’s omniscient omnipresence in the new world), essentially crowdsourcing knowledge. But how does this new culture, so tied up with information sharing, interact with the intellectual property economy left over from legacy media which we were learning about last week? Is it possible for the two things to co-exist or is this a Harry VS Voldemort situation where neither can truly thrive while the other is still around? Jenkins continues to point out that “our allegiances to nation states are being redefined” — I personally think (or maybe even hope?) that as time and tech march on our allegiances to the laws of these old nations are being redefined right along with it.