About Pirate Social

March 5th, 2009

A culture of sharing

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pirate-social-2Welcome to Pirate Social. This website is the personal project of Gary Shilling. I’m currently enrolled at Royal Roads University  in the Masters of Professional Communication programme. The MAPC structure defines itself in terms of “tracks”, and I’m on/in the Media and Culture track. My interests revolve around issues of privacy, intellectual property, copying, and creativity as influenced by technological change and social process.

My intention is for this website to serve as a centre for my Masters Research Project. I’m still working out the details of the thesis, but I’m certain it will engage issues around “the culture of sharing”. My working title “Pirate Social” intends to question the negative implications of piracy and engage in understanding the effects of technology on social process.

Lawrence Lessig and the ideas in his book Free Culture have served as a guiding light for me. To quote from the Free Culture home page:

[W]hile new technologies always lead to new laws, never before have the big cultural monopolists used the fear created by new technologies, specifically the Internet, to shrink the public domain of ideas, even as the same corporations use the same technologies to control more and more what we can and can’t do with culture. As more and more culture becomes digitized, more and more becomes controllable, even as laws are being toughened at the behest of the big media groups. What’s at stake is our freedom—freedom to create, freedom to build, and ultimately, freedom to imagine.

In the spirit of sharing, I hope that you will share your ideas with me. I expect that over the course of the next year the ideas presented herein will be informative, enlightening and engaging. Thank you for reading and learning along with me.

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