GEORGE LOIS ~ DAMN GOOD ADVICE ~ 2012

~ BTTYAYRTTTW ~ Be True To Yourself And You’ll Ring True To The World

~ FYB-TWYL-YMSYLD-APAAPAY-H-M-A-I-A-A-TSYITB-WSRITSOMHB-TGYCOATSL ~ Follow Your Bliss – That Which You Love – You Must Spend Your Life Doing – As Passionately And As Perfectly As Your – Heart – Mind – And – Instincts – Allow – And – The Sooner You Identify That Bliss – Which Surely Resides In The Soul Of Most Human Beings – The Greater Your Chance Of A Truly Successful Life

~ ATTITWAMWAEI ~ All The Tools In The World Are Meaningless Without An Essential Idea

~ AGFTBI ~ Always Go For The Big Idea

~ ACSCIAN ~ All Creativity Should Communicate In A Nanosecond

~ TWCF-TTV ~ The Word Comes First – Then The Visual

~ INHSYMI-IHYMIS ~ It’s Not How Short You Make It – It’s How You Make It Short

~ IYCPASEYCI-F ~ If You Can’t Passionately And Succinctly Explain Your Creative Ideas – Fuggedaboutit!

~ ATIAAT ~ A Trend Is Always A Trap

~ CINC-IITFUTF-IIAAOD ~ Creativity Is Not Created – It Is There For Us To Find – It Is An Act Of Discovery

~ WJBA-CT-WYCBA-CP ~ Why Just Be A – Creative Thinker – When You Can Be A – Cultural Provocateur!

~ ABICCWC ~ A Big Idea Can Change World Culture

~ GA-BI-INAAOI-BR-OOD ~ Getting A – Big Idea – Is Not An Act Of Inspiration – But Rather – One Of Discovery

~ YCB-C-O-YCB-C-B-TNSTAA-CC ~ You Can Be – Cautious – Or – You Can Be – Creative – But – There’s No Such Thing As A – Cautious Creative

~ RGG-TAT:D-B-CD-M-IAAMB-O-T-OP-T-MWIU ~ Reject Group Grope – Think About This: Decisive – Breakthrough – Creative Decision-Making – Is Almost Always Made By – One – Two – Or Possibly – Three – Minds Working In Unison

~ BCOY-O-E-S-T ~ Be Confident Of Your – Own – Edgy – Solo – Talent

~ TGTFBB-YCJBTY’G’~ To Get That First Big Break – You Can’t Just Brag That You’re “Great”

~ Y-P-S-I-P-S-KA ~ Your – Portfolio – Should – Ignite – Provoke – Shock – Kick Ass

~ WIW ~ Work Is Worship

~ M-OMD-LL-TMD ~ Make – One Million Dollars – Look Like – Ten Million Dollars!

~ NMWKOWYI-DI-F-O-T-A-DI-P ~ No Matter What Kind Of Work You’re In – Do It – Fast – On-Time – And – Do It – Perfectly

~ Even A Brilliant Idea Won’t Sell Itself

~ ADTTWYPABI:TTWTAGTS;SITT;TT-D-WTJS ~ Always Do Three Things When You Present A Big Idea: Tell Them What They Are Going To See; Show It To Them; Tell Them – Dramatically – What They Just Saw

~ WYPA-BI-BPT-ADQ ~ When You’re Presenting A – Big Idea – Be Prepared To – Answer Dumb Questions

~ TCOATGBNCBAB-DI! ~ The Creation Of A Truly Great Brand Name Can Become A Billion-Dollar Idea!

~ GW-MBPT-TP-TH-TPTAYC-U-CAS-‘N’-B-HNPTS-‘Y’ ~ Great Work – Must Be Presented To – The Person – That Has – The Power To Accept Your Creations – Underlings – Can Always Say – “No” – But – Have No Power To Say – “Yes”

~ WYPAEI-IITMT-TS-TEITTMG-INABI! ~ When You Present An Entrepreneurial Idea – If It Takes More Than – Three Sentences – To Explain It To The Money Guys – It’s Not A Big Idea!

~ DE-K-WF-BP ~ Don’t Ever – Knowingly – Work For – Bad People

~ ATG-AC-IDB-ABI-TC:AMS!;AMV! ~ A Truly Great – Ad Campaign – Is Driven By – A Big Idea – That Contains: A Memorable Slogan!; A Memorable Visual!

~ MTE-ITAO-IT-M-CAUSBSIATW ~ More Than Ever – In This Age Of – Internet Technology – Misinformation – Comes At Us Second By Second In A Tidal Wave

~ A-TP-M-R-S-Q-E-A-NLTBBY ~ A – Thinking Person – Must – Read – Study – Question – Evaluate – And – Not Let The Bullshiters Bullshit You

~ NMWSYAIYC-UYCTSUFOHAPYCATV ~ No Matter What Stage You Are In Your Career – Use Your Creativity To Stand Up For Our Heroes And Protect Your Culture Against The Villains

~ DTRT-SYCBPOY-TTDYD ~ Do The Right Thing – So You Can Be Proud Of Yourself – Till The Day You Die

~ HAM-WUACMTYEOLAW-IABBM ~ Having A Mate – Who Understands And Contributes Mightily To Your Ethos Of Life And Work – Is A Blessing Beyond Measure

~ AEDAIIYL ~ Attack Every Day As If It’s Your Last

~ EAPSDHCAI-IYCD-L-IWNOMYAPBCOYI-IWAMJTTWYS ~ Even A Passable Sketch Dramatically Helps Crystallize An Idea – If You Can’t Draw – Learn – It Will Not Only Make You A Profoundly Better Communicator Of Your Ideas – It Will Add More Joy To The Way You See

~ YCTACTWS ~ You Cannot Teach A Crab To Walk Straight

~ DLYTDYFYD-IYKCIO-TW-YL-DLSOWYH! ~ Don’t Let Your Tormentors Distract You From Your Destiny – If You Keep Chewing It Over – They Win – You Lose – Don’t Lose Sight Of Where You’re Headed!

~ MYSAMFWYA ~ Make Your Surroundings A Metaphor For Who You Are

~ EYM ~ Extoll Your Mentors

~ IYDBTACB-I-RT-C-YNUTPOGC ~ If You Don’t Believe That Advertising Can Be – Icon – Rather Than – Con – You’ll Never Understand The Potential Of Great Creativity

~ IWWDA? ~ Is What We Do Art?

~ I-Y-TAP-E-YTWC-A! ~ If – You’re – Talented And Passionate – Enough – You Too Will Create – Art!

~ YAYHWYC ~ You’re At Your Happiest When You’re Creating

~ W-S-E-N-K-THS ~ Work – Should – Ennoble – Not – Kill – The Human Spirit

~ YNBTCPYATBIYDKWIACF-YCCTFWKWCBI ~ You’ll Never Be The Creative Person You Aspire To Be If You Don’t Know Where It All Came From – You Can’t Create The Future Without Knowing What Came Before It

SETH GODIN ~ PURPLE COW ~ 2002

~ PC ~ Purple Cow

~ TEO-T-PC-ITIMBR ~ The Essence Of – The – Purple Cow – Is That It Must Be Remarkable

~ RM-ITAOBTWNRIYPOS ~ Remarkable Marketing – Is The Art Of Building Things Worth Noticing Right Into Your Product Or Service

~ YNTPA-PC-IEYB ~ You Need To Put A – Purple Cow – Into Everything You Build

~ TWHC-TAFMC-B-TILALTTSTO ~ The World Has Changed – There Are Far More Choices – But – There Is Less And Less Time To Sort Them Out

~ MID-LLM ~ Marketing Is Dead – Long Live Marketing

~ TORWT:C-S-O-P-A-CTW-GM ~ The Old Rule Was This: Create – Safe – Ordinary – Products – And – Combine Them With – Great Marketing

~ TNRI:C-RP-T-TRPSO ~ The New Rule Is: Create – Remarkable Products – That – The Right People Seek Out

~ IYCPO-UN-T-T(ATD)-WWIB? ~ If You Could Pick One – Underserved Niche – To – Target (And To Dominate) – What Would It Be?

~ C-CTTWSO ~ Criticism – Comes To Those Who Stand Out

~ ITAR-AMMLTSTITA ~ Ideas That Are Remarkable – Are Much More Likely To Spread Than Ideas That Aren’t

~ CYMACVOYP? ~ Could You Make A Collectible Version Of Your Product?

~ AS-TACTEOY-PC-IA-S-TSGTTWOMIPOP ~ A Slogan – That Accurately Conveys The Essence Of Your – Purple Cow – Is A – Script – The Script Guarantees That The Word Of Mouth Is Passed On Properly

~ DYHA -SOPSORB-TAT?-IIC?-IIWPO? ~ Do You Have A – Slogan Or Positioning Statement Or Remarkable Boast – That’s Actually True? – Is It Consistent? – Is It Worth Passing On?

~ WWHIYTTT? ~ What Would Happen If You Told The Truth?

~ YHTG-WTCIN-TFTB ~ You Have To Go – Where The Competition Is Not – The Further The Better

LAURA VANDERKAM ~ GRINDHOPPING ~ 2007

~ TTTWEUTWAAAATHLUOOTDG-IJLTOFUH-STWW-EP-ATT ~ The Technology That Would Enable Us To Work At Any Place At Any Time Hasn’t Lifted Us Out Of The Daily Grind – It’s Just Let The Office Follow Us Home – So That We Work – Every Place – All The Time

~ WIWAK-WDIWTBWIGU?-WDILSMTIDIFF?-HCIGPTPMTCTV? ~ When I Was A Kid – What Did I Want To Be When I Grew Up? – What Do I Love So Much That I’d Do It For Free? – How Can I Get People To Pay Me To Create That Vision?

~ DAT-TTYL-TTYDFFAAK-CBTIAVB ~ Don’t Assume That – The Thing You Love – The Thing You Did For Fun As A Kid – Can’t Be Turned Into A Viable Business

~ MTCRR-WNOWWILTDADW?-WDTNI?-WAL-CWICSOITTAGPQ?~ Making The Cash Register Ring – Who Needs Or Wants What I Love To Do And Do Well? – Why Do They Need It? – What’s A Low-Cost Way I Could Start Offering It To Them And Get Paid Quickly?

~ AIG-BSIC ~ Autonomy Is Great – But So Is Cash

~ U-YWBATBTRCIYHTW69HAWFSEJTCYLC-TWTMIPGNS-DIITP ~ Ultimately – You Won’t Be Able To Build That Rewarding Career If You Have To Work 60 Hours A Week For Someone Else Just To Cover Your Lifestyle Costs – That’s Why The Most Important Place Grindhoppers Need Self-Discipline Is In Their Pocketbooks

~ MDBYLOH-IBYF-SMOEITBIYTTLO-TG ~ Money Doesn’t Buy You Love Or Happiness – It Buys You Freedom – Six Months Of Expenses In The Bank Is Your Ticket To Life Outside – The Grind

~ O-‘N’-ETFTSOIC ~ Our – “Needs” – Expand To Fill The Space Our Incomes Create

~ S-DIT-LA-T-ICBL-AIBDTIGITHOKPTY ~ Self-Discipline Is Tough – Like Anything – Though – It Can Be Learned – All It Boils Down To Is Getting In The Habit Of Keeping Promises To Yourself

~ YTYNTQJBQIEATNBSTYC-YYOBN-A-YTMDB-B-TB-YEH ~ You’ll Teach Yourself Not To Quit Just Because Quitting Is Easier And There’s No Boss Saying That You Can’t – You’re Your Own Boss Now – And – You’re The Most Demanding Boss – But – The Best – You’ll Ever Have

~ GFOWTNTBFFTST-TTFOHTWGTTP ~ Grindhoppers Figure Out Where They Need To Be For Fortune To Spot Them – Then They Figure Out How They Will Get To That Place

~ L-S-D-“KWYG”-IASTCBL ~ Like – Self-Discipline – “Knowing Where You’re Going” – Is A Skill That Can Be Learned

~ TAWYWYCAYLTLL-BB-BC-BDSTS-ITTGWYAGIYDLYIWTPMB ~ Think About What You Want Your Career And Your Life To Look Like – Be Bold – Be Crazy – But Don’t Skip This Step – It’s Tough To Get Where You Are Going If You Don’t Let Yourself Imagine Where That Place Might Be

~ B-G-DA-TA-ITGMCTWIWTB?-TKTADBTTSRAGS ~ Before – Grindhoppers – Do Anything – They Ask – Is This Getting Me Closer To Where I Want To Be? – They Know There’s A Difference Between Taking The Scenic Route And Getting Sidetracked

~ F-IYWANC-ASPYGTHTLTW-TRASDOUR ~ Fundamentally – If You Want A Nonconventional Career – At Some Point You’re Going To Have To Leave The Well-Travelled Route And Start Driving On Unmarked Roads

~ ITPCTMH?-DIRTPIBWW-ATTTHMBIAH?-WTPHMITLR? ~ Is This Project Close To My Heart? – Do I Respect The People I’ll Be Working With – And Trust That They Have My Best Interests At Heart? – Will This Project Help Me In The Long Run?

~ WOPTYCAKYFBO-WWPYRKYFBIIPTWEYL-TATF-TLR-IWGDB ~ Working On Projects That You Care About Keeps You From Burning Out – Working With People You Respect Keeps You From Becoming Involved In Projects That Will Embarrass You Later – Thinking About The Future – The Long Run – Is What Grindhoppers Do Best

~ HYCIYC:PWI-E;DALOI-GB;SHOPADI-NC-BI;LFCOI-SYWTPWYRAWWBBH ~ How You Can Improve Your Craft: Play With It – Experiment; Do A Lot Of It – Get Better; See How Other People Are Doing It – Never Copy – Be Influenced; Learn From Criticism Of It – Show Your Work To People Whom You Respect And Who Will Be Brutally Honest

~ BAN-AIMFL-ANCOPWOAEYHRTT-A-WYMLTHTAPOTS-BACOTGRMLOPWAWTHY ~ Building A Network – At Its Most Fundamental Level – A Network Consists Of People Whose Opinions And Expertise You Have Reason To Trust – And – Whom You’re More Likely To Help Than A Person Off The Street – Building A Career Outside The Grind Requires Meeting Lots Of People Who Are Willing To Help You

A DIFFERENT SET OF CAREER RULES

~ ABYOB ~ Always Be Your Own Boss

~ KWYAG ~ Know Where You Are Going

~ RR ~ Recalculate Risk

~ T-P-N-J ~ Think – Projects – Not – Jobs

~ STBJOR-ADT ~ Seek To Be Judged On Results – And Deliver Them

~ EIN ~ Everything Is Negotiable

~ CANAANM ~ Cultivate A Network And A Nimble Mind

PHENOMENAL SELF-DISCIPLINE

~ DCTMAER ~ Don’t Care Too Much About External Rewards

~ WH-EINON ~ Work Hard – Even If No One Notices

~ DROAORS ~ Don’t Rely On Any One Revenue Stream

~ FTAF ~ Frugal To A Fault

LAWRENCE LESSIG ~ FREE CULTURE ~ 2004

~ ABBAAC ~ A Balance Between Anarchy And Control

~ FTFTIOT-TOWIWICASCFWTROTROTL-WHETDIICAVAOCACTINRB-TCITWALALA-FC-MAMA-PC ~ For The First Time In Our Tradition – The Ordinary Ways In Which Individuals Create And Share Culture Fall Within The Reach Of The Regulation Of The Law – Which Has Expanded To Draw Within Its Control A Vast Amount Of Culture And Creativity That It Never Reached Before – The Consequence Is That We Are Less And Less A – Free Culture – More And More A – Permission Culture

~ TINA-PTPA-IIIA-PTPCFOB ~ This Is Not A – Protectionism To Protect Artists – It Is Instead A – Protectionism To Protect Certain Forms Of Business

~ MOUTFGTEPCTTOO-‘IP’-NA ~ Most Of Us Take For Granted The Extraordinarily Powerful Claims That The Owners Of – “Intellectual Property” – Now Assert

~ R-M-A-B-TIAKOC-IACTWS-RAC-TASWWSTTINCETK ~ Rip – Mix – And – Burn – This Is A Kind Of Creativity – It’s A Creativity That We Should – Remember And Celebrate – There Are Some Who Would Say That There Is No Creativity Except This Kind

~ ATEOACT-AWPIT-PD-NPITNTDUOUTW-NP-A-H-NL-T-PD-IA-‘L-FZ’ ~ At The End Of A Copyright Term – A Work Passes Into The – Public Domain – No Permission Is Then Needed To Draw Upon Or Use That Work – No Permission – And – Hence – No Lawyers – The – Public Domain – Is A – “Lawyer-free Zone”

~ A-L-D-S-CSWP;A-L-D-A-M-S-CFWIP-B-TIPOVOTT-‘P’-DC ~ A – Large – Diverse – Society – Cannot Survive Without Property; A – Large – Diverse – And – Modern – Society – Cannot Flourish Without Intellectual Property – But – There Is Plenty Of Value Out There That – “Property” – Doesn’t Capture

~ CHAEAAAAATBUTCTWBATSTN-TBIAAEALPDWPAWCTOC-ESHLACBOICFFTT-FSMFTU-P-B-ASTSD ~ Creators Here And Everywhere Are Always And At All Times Building Upon The Creativity That Went Before And That Surrounds Them Now – That Building Is Always And Everywhere At Least Partially Done Without Permission And Without Compensating The Original Creator – Every Society Has Left A Certain Bit Of Its Culture Free For The Taking – Free Societies More Fully Than Unfree – Perhaps – But – All Societies To Some Degree

~ ‘HFITC?’-‘HM-A-HB-ITCFFOTTABU?’ ~ “How Free Is This Culture?” – “How Much – And – How Broadly – Is The Culture Free For Others To Take And Build Upon?”

~ B-TAATMIFOUPDTWH ~ Blogs – They Are Arguably The Most Important Form Of Unchoreographed Public Discourse That We Have

~ WITMIALLT?-WITVIS? ~ Where Is The Morality In A Lawsuit Like This? – What Is The Virtue In Scapegoatism?

~ THOTCHIAHO-P-F-R-R-CTV-BOAKOPSD-TCSIHLGPJTGCC-UN-I-‘P’-MUVFSECPWPFTC ~ The History Of The Content Industry Is A History Of – Piracy – Film – Records – Radio – Cable TV – Born Of A Kind Of Piracy So Defined – The Consistent Story Is How Last Generation’s Pirates Join This Generation’s Country Club – Until Now – If – “Piracy” – Means Using Value From Someone Else’s Creative Property Without Permission From That Creator

~ TPOPOTIADFTPOPOTT ~ The Physics Of Piracy Of The Intangible Are Different From The Physics Of Piracy Of The Tangible

~ MKO-‘P’-AUAP-TPENCONWODB ~ Many Kinds Of – “Piracy” – Are Useful And Productive – To Produce Either New Content Or New Ways Of Doing Business

~ TQIOOB-ZHHNBOH-IHNPTCITWKT ~ The Question Is One Of Balance – Zero Tolerance Has Not Been Our History – It Has Not Produced The Content Industry That We Know Today

~ HMCINMJBTCOCTRASH? ~ How Much Creativity Is Never Made Just Because The Costs Of Clearing The Rights Are So High?

~ TVO-‘FU’-YEPALTDYFUROPALTTDPSYDHTRUFUR-EW-TCPIAPOPY-AAP-OPAC-RFTF ~ The Vagueness Of – “Fair Use” – You Either Pay A Lawyer To Defend Your Fair Use Rights Or Pay A Lawyer To Track Down Permissions So You Don’t Have To Rely Upon Fair Use Rights – Either Way – The Creative Process Is A Process Of Paying Lawyers – Again A Privilege – Or Perhaps A Curse – Reserved For The Few

~ AWIWCWNIMFNOTMBATGIAWIWCWNIWNS-IIAWOSAICS ~ A World In Which Competitors With New Ideas Must Fight Not Only The Market But Also The Government Is A World In Which Competitors With New Ideas Will Not Succeed – It Is A World Of Stasis And Increasingly Concentrated Stagnation

~ WWBTSAWO-UA-NBTMINP-OBTSIC-B-BTVAOCTAILF ~ We Will Begin To See A World Of – Underground Art – Not Because The Message Is Necessarily Political – Or Because The Subject Is Controversial – But – Because The Very Act Of Creating The Art Is Legally Fraught

~ TIA-HR-M-M-I-CI

~ There Is A – Highly Regulated – Monopolized – Market – In – Cultural Icons

~ ORSC-ISI-IGDAVOTF ~ OverRegulation Stifles Creativity – It Smothers Innovation – It Gives Dinosaurs A Veto Over The Future

~ ORCCAWTROL-A-WOP-AWE-WOP-IITATBOAVLNOC-TROLDUPOTL-TMO-A-MR-WACEVTL-TLWRTL ~ OverRegulation Corrupts Citizens And Weakens The Rule Of Law – A – War Of Prohibition – As With Every – War Of Prohibition – It Is Targeted Against The Behavior Of A Very Large Number Of Citizens – The Rule Of Law Depends Upon People Obeying The Law – The More Often – And – More Repeatedly – We As Citizens Experience Violating The Law – The Less We Respect The Law

~ WASRTAJ-A-WANTTCAA-TIOAIUIR ~ With A Simple Request To A Judge – And – Without Any Notice To The Customer At All – The Identity Of An Internet User Is Revealed

~ RCWIIDNEBAATSOK ~ Remove Copyright Where It Is Doing Nothing Except Blocking Access And The Spread Of Knowledge

~ TLSAHWO-FIM-TINRCLCAW ~ The Law Should Always Have Ways Of – Forgiving Innocent Mistakes – There Is No Reason Copyright Law Couldn’t As Well

~ WNIAWTSS-ITM-N-‘ARR’-N-‘NRR’-B-‘SRR-AT-AWTRCBECTFCATSF ~ What’s Needed Is A Way To Say Something – In The Middle – Neither – “All Rights Reserved” – Nor – “No Rights Reserved” – But – “Some Rights Reserved” – And Thus – A Way To Respect Copyrights But Enable Creators To Free Content As They See Fit

~ WNAWTRASOFTWCJTFGB ~ We Need A Way To Restore A Set Of Freedoms That We Could Just Take For Granted Before

~ RFPP ~ Rebuilding Freedoms Previously Presumed

~ T-TINSWTK-WOW-O-WWOMD-IOTUOBUTCWOO-TANR-TINSTT-TINSWTKHTGP-WSRF:MCW-RC-A-RTCTC-TOOFITMTC-IWBSTIWCIPF-STIWCTRFAPKOC

~ Today – There Is No Simple Way To Know – Who Owns What – Or – With Whom One Must Deal – In Order To Use Or Build Upon The Creative Work Of Others – There Are No Records – There Is No System To Trace – There Is No Simple Way To Know How To Get Permission – We Should Require Formalities: Marking Copyrighted Work – Registering Copyrights – And – Renewing The Claim To Copyright – The Objective Of Formalities Is To Make Things Clear – It Would Be Simple To Identify What Content Is Presumptively Free – Simply To Identify Who Controls The Rights For A Particular Kind Of Content

~ NMWWDT-WWNI-TNOAWWI1923 ~ No Matter What We Do Today – We Will Not Increase – The Number Of Authors Who Wrote In 1923

~ STMEFYTFASF ~ Spend Ten Minutes Every Fifty Years To File A Single Form

~ NDT-E-WCTI-‘R’ ~ No Doubt The – Extremists – Will Call These Ideas – “Radical”

~ TQISB-HTATAGP-DTTB-T-CMFDB-A-T-FCT ~ The Question Instead Should Be – How To Assure That Artists Get Paid – During This Transition Between – Twentieth-Century Models For Doing Business – And – Twenty-First Century Technologies

~ WSA-‘W’-SMWYROCIN-SNHIDG-A-UYCSMB-KYLA ~ We Should Ask – “Why?” – Show Me Why Your Regulation Of Culture Is Needed – Show Me How It Does Good – And – Until You Can Show Me Both – Keep Your Lawyers Away

DAVID BOLLIER ~ BRAND NAME BULLIES ~ 2005

~ TQTOACC ~ The Quest To Own And Control Culture

~ WWOCPOT-CC-AFATU-IIB-PALU-TSOTPIR ~ What Was Once Considered Part Of The – Cultural Commons – Available For All To Use – Is Increasingly Being – Privatized And Locked Up – The Scope Of This Plunder Is Remarkable

~ T-OOC-NET-LOTA-DSAC-AE-S ~ The – Ownership Of Culture – Now Extends To – Letters Of The Alphabet – Distinctive Sounds And Colors – And Even – Scents

~ TTU-EW-IA-NC-EIA-F-T-W-EF-PANP-A-YEA-SCU-AZOT-II ~ Try To Use – Existing Works – In A – New Creation – Even In A – Fleeting – Partial – Way – Even For – Personal And Noncommercial Purposes – And – You Enter A – Shadowy Cultural Underground – A Zone Of The Illegal Imagination

~ WWGD? ~ What Would Groucho Do?

~ M-P/M/W-BWTWA-‘Q’-ETIIEIAFSTBATQT ~ Many – Painters / Musicians / Writers – Balk When Their Works Are – “Quoted” – Even Though It Is Essential In A Free Society To Be Able To Quote Them

~ O-LC ~ Over-Lawyered Corporation

~ TRQ-H-IW-FSAC-BT-E-OCT-CI ~ The Real Question – However – Is Whether – Free Speech And Culture – Belong To – Everyone – Or Chiefly To – Commercial Interests

~ CATL-IOGNTBR-ICNTBEMTE-TVAFFOIACNTBP-TPROAAUMBH ~ Copyright And Trademark Law – Its Original Goals Need To Be Restored – Individual Creators Need To Be Empowered More Than Ever – The Volume And Free Flow Of Information And Creativity Need To Be Protected – The Public’s Rights Of Access And Use Must Be Honored

~ WMSANBOPAPITTAOTSDOTIADT ~ We Must Strike A New Balance Of Private And Public Interests That Takes Account Of The Special Dynamics Of The Internet And Digital Technology

~ AAC:UOAD ~ Art And Culture: Use Only As Directed

~ CC-SIT-‘VA’-W-TDF-TUSOCW ~ Copyright Champions – Systematically Ignore The – “Value Added” – Wealth – That Derives From – The Unmetered Sharing Of Creative Works

~ ACDUACC-F-I-I-A-D ~ All Creators Depend Upon A Cultural Commons – For – Inspiration – Imitation – And – Derivation

~ F-AWWIRBAA-DW-CB-G-AMA-T-FTCAL-NC-GEI ~ For – Artists Whose Work Is Reused By Another Artist – Derivative Works – Can Be – Gifts – As Much As – Theft

~ A-ACSFCTVASOMC ~ Appropriation – A Crucial Strategy For Critiquing The Values And Sensibilities Of Mainstream Culture

~ CL-HLRA-PD’-B-IAPI-TSOS-FT-JE-IILTBC-P-N-A-G-TMCTIHMOTOWTPU ~ Copyright Law – Has Long Recognized A – “Parody Defense” – But – If A Parody Is – Too Sly Or Subtle – For The – Judicial Eye – It Is Likely To Be Considered – Piracy – Not – Art – Generally – The Most Critical Test Is How Much Of The Original Work The Parody Uses

~ SAOLADTPA-T-‘D’-O-‘T’ ~ Small Armies Of Lawyers Are Dedicated To Protecting Against – Trademark – “Dilution” – Or – “Tarnishment”

~ ACO-EPCIKAC-ICO-TPI ~ A Crush Of – Expansive Property Claims In Knowledge And Creativity – Is Crowding Out – The Public Interest

~ TVO-FA-SFT-‘GE’-O-TFC;CISAAFTMBATFCAMOTC ~ The Vitality Of – Folk Art – Stems From The – “Gift Economy” – Of – The Folk Community; Creativity Is Seen As A Gift That Must Be Allowed To Freely Circulate Among Members Of The Community

~ SCCAETTAN-‘PI’-F-CL-TEI ~ Stunning Creativity Can Arise Even Though There Are No – “Property Incentives” – From – Copyright Law – To Encourage It

~ SCBATOOICBU ~ Should Companies Be Allowed To Own Online Identities Created By Users?

~ OC-HB-VS ~ Online Citizens – Have Become – Virtual Serfs

~ TPL ~ Trademarking Public Life

~ TPOBE ~ The Power Of Public Exposure

~ P-IACGOHS-EWTFPARS-SSAA-FU-W-OAN ~ Parody – Is A Classic Genre Of Human Societies – Even When The Factual Patterns Are Remarkably Similar – Some Spoofs Are Adjudged – Fair Use – While – Others Are Not

~ I-10%-OY-A-DGT-P-IMBI ~ If – 10 Percent – Of Your – Audience – Doesn’t Get The – Parody – It May Be Illegal

~ TD ~ Trademark Dilution

~ TIT-TL-AA-ANM-O-AGWOP-IANO ~ The Idea That – Trademark Law – Allows An – Absolute National Monopoly – On – A Given Word Or Phrase – Is A New One

~ TRP-OC-IT-LCDLTBCOAPSABATW ~ The Real Point – Of Course – Is That – Large Corporations Don’t Like To Be Criticized On A Public Stage As Big As The Web

~ YEWTROPNIOCP-TIAODT-TLOMC-CTIUCTCO-‘A’-M ~ Yet Even With The Rise Of Powerful New Instruments Of Cultural Pluralism – The Internet And Other Digital Technologies – The Leviathans Of Mass Culture – Continue To Insist Upon Controlling The Circulation Of – “Authorized” – Meanings

~ CL-SNBATIW-CDP ~ Copyright Law – Should Not Be Allowed To Interfere With – Core Democratic Principles

~ F-D-A-O-COI-AA-SR-A-PG:TIEWEHATH;DIVWTAC ~ Facts – Data – And – Other – Compilations Of Information – Are A – Shared Resource – A – Public Good: That Is Enriched When Everyone Has Access To Them; Diminished In Value When They Are Tightly Controlled

~ CM ~ Copyright Maximalists

~ YMNTYRDNT ~ You May Not Teach Your Robot Dog New Tricks

~ TFCAPAWT-AFOIPL-MSCW-P-TIINITTTD ~ There Finally Comes A Point At Which The – Absurd Frontiers Of Intellectual Property Law – Merge So Completely With – Parody – That It Is Nearly Impossible To Tell The Difference

~ DTSACOTW-CM-TTIT-AACI-O-Q-S-CC-A-TUO-PW ~ Determined To Secure Absolute Control Over Their Works – Copyright Maximalists – Tend To Ignore The – Artistic And Civic Importance – Of – Quotation – Sharing – Creative Collaboration – And – Transformation Uses Of – Prior Works

~ TGCL ~ The Great Cultural Lockdown

~ N-TBNWO-SCC-HSSIFAODS-PT-R-S-R-C-A-C-AB-CF ~ Naturally – This – Brave New World – Of – Strictly Controlled Content – Has Some Serious Implications For An Open Democratic Society – Permission To – Read – Share – Reuse – Collaborate – And – Create – All Become – Conditional Freedoms

~ ALD ~ Aggressive Litigation Dragnets

~ L-POAO-FIT-E-F-CA-T-PM-IAGWTE-L-E-A-DC-NTM-STMFB-B ~ Libraries – Part Of An Old-Fashioned Idea That – Easy – Free – Citizen Access – To – Printed Material – Is A Great Way To Encourage – Literacy – Education – And – Democratic Culture – Not To Mention – Seed The Market For Book-Buying

~ TMTAPRTEIIIAS ~ The Mania To Assign Property Rights To Every Imaginable Intangible Is A Sickness

~ OTSOFCG ~ Owning The Smell Of Freshly Cut Grass

~ T-NFITCOL-I-SE ~ The – Next Frontier In The Commodification Of Life – Is – Sensory Experience

~ PL-HTRTA-NI-B-NAN-IOTQF-PP-B-APBPNJ-PI-B-II-A-BM-TSHER-EITCSFAGPID-ICNBUTISI

~ Patent Law – Has Traditionally Required That Any – New Invention – Be – Novel And Nonobvious – In Order To Qualify For – Patent Protection – But – As Patents Began Protecting Not Just – Physical Inventions – But – Intangible Ideas – And – Business Methods – Their Scope Has Expanded Radically – Even If The Claimed Scope For A Given Patent Is Dubious – It Can Nonetheless Be Used To Intimidate Supposed Infringers

~ BO-SSFGP-TBWDNNRTAIOGIA-TPVOP-IMI-IA-LT-A-BC-IDWC ~ Because Of – Slacker Standards For Granting Patents – The Business World Does Not Necessarily Regard Them As Indicative Of Genuine Innovation Anymore – The Practical Value Of Patents – In Many Instances – Is A – Legal Threat – And – Bargaining Chip – In Dealings With Competitors

~ AWORO-CP-IT-POCACAL-F-WMCIUCRA’BP’ ~ A Whole Other Realm Of – Controversial Patents – Involves The – Patenting Of Common Agricultural Crops And Life-Forms – Which Many Critics In Underdeveloped Countries Regard As – “Biopiracy”

~ A-W-EG-CBA-I-AA-DLRA ~ A – Well-Executed Gag – Can Be As – Illuminating – As A – Dozen Law Review Articles

~ DT-TTTIPLHTOTPG-ANMT-ATPI-I-STTSAGM ~ Despite The – Troubling Trajectory That Intellectual Property Law Has Taken Over The Past Generation – A New Movement To – Assert The Public Interest – Is – Starting To Take Shape And Gain Momentum

~ WNTDA-NL-TEWT-PD-ISIT-C-C-D-A-C ~ We Need To Develop A – New Language – That Explains Why The – Public Domain – Is So Indispensable To – Creativity – Culture – Democracy – And – Commerce

~ RTATAVRF-‘IO’-WNA-EAPPL-TUTVO-‘PK’-A-AST-PARI ~ Rather Than Assume That All Value Results From – “Individual Originality” – We Need An – Economics And Public Policy Language – That Understands The Value Of – “Public Knowledge” – And – Affirmatively Seeks To – Protect And Replenish It

CHRISTIAN RUDDER ~ DATACLYSM ~ 2014

~ YGTBTG ~ You Got To Be The Glue

~ M-A-TIRT-DTTFG-E ~ Measurements – Are – Tracked In Real Time – Down To The Finest Grain – Everywhere

~ O-YCAGWYW-B-WYN-TAMHTTF ~ Online – You Can Always Get What You Want – But – What You Need – That’s A Much Harder Thing To Find

~ YOGTFTPJDWTK ~ You Often Get The Feeling That People Just Don’t Want To Know

~ ‘WD…’-AUTAUQ-OTHOPPJITW-ITSANA-BB-BA-OB-GY-MC ~ “Why Do…” – A User Types An Unrelated Question – Only To Have Other People’s Prejudices Jump In The Way – It’s The Site Acting Not As – Big Brother – But As – Older Brother – Giving You – Mental Cigarettes

~ SCSFTWST-EWTCII-B-IAPPIAFOPI ~ Stories Create Status For Those Who Share Them – Especially When They Concern Important Individuals – Because – Information About Powerful People Is A Form Of Power Itself

~ TGHTGVII-TN-AIIOPBUU-WIIOP-EC-T-SM ~ The Government Has The Greatest Vested Interest In – Tracking Negativity – Armed Insurgency Is Often Preceded By Unarmed Unrest – Which Itself Is Often Propagated – Even Coordinated – Through – Social Media

~ PSAEOO-TTAOTE ~ People Scream At Each Other Over – The True Age Of The Earth

~ WSTDOAMBWWHABWWL ~ We Seem To Define Ourselves As Much By What We Hate As By What We Love

~ BEDSHIQ-RMOBTFS ~ Because Each Data Set Has Its Quirks – Researchers Must Often Build Tools From Scratch

~ CD-EITOL-MTWARP ~ Cultural Differences – Even If They’re Occasionally Laughable – Make The World A Richer Place

~ B-WOBIF ~ Brands – Were Originally Burned Into Flesh

~ THPIGATL ~ The Hardest Part Is Getting Anyone To Listen

~ IY-HALOF-YAIF-MMLT-SLAC ~ If You – Have A Lot Of Followers – You Are In Fact – Much More Likely To – Speak Like A Corporation

~ OC-TA-TF-AR ~ Of Course – That Assumes – The Followers – Are Real

~ FFH-TMPSSTB-TMPTB ~ Followers-For-Hire – The More Popular Someone Seems To Be – The More Popular They Become

~ STIWT-SAB-CLT:CEM ~ So This Is What The – Self As Brand – Can Led To: Chasing Empty Metrics

~ IOTTRYTAN-WSERY-IFU ~ It’s One Thing To Reduce Yourself To A Number – When Someone Else Reduces You – It Feels Ugly

~ INNTWDUOH:ITCDTSBH ~ It’s Not Numbers That Will Deny Us Our Humanity: It’s The Calculated Decision To Stop Being Human

~ TFQIADOPI-TT-O-WYGFLI ~ The Fundamental Question In Any Discussion Of Privacy Is – The Trade-Off – What You Get For Losing It

~ IHTBIICTYOA-‘NTKB’-FAETDTYNTKA-WTIW-JN-W-W-O-H ~ It’s Hard To Believe In Information Coming To You On A – “Need To Know Basis” – From An Entity That Doesn’t Think You Need To Know Anything – We’re Told It Works – Just Not – When – Where – Or – How

~ Q-FTCTSDP-IHCPUIS ~ Quixotically – For Those Crimes Total Surveillance Didn’t Prevent – It Has Certainly Proved Useful In Solving

~ B-TPSOU-A-E-E-S-WCHTT-AATTTWWAFH-WTAWOIIP ~ But – The People Spying On Us – Are – Extremely – Extremely – Smart – We Can Hope That They – Are Able To Temper Their Work With A Farsighted Humanity – What They Are Working On Is Inhumanly Powerful

~ M-TIOC-PLSABFAIIFT ~ Metadata – The Incidentals Of Communication – People Leave Some Amazing Breadcrumbs For Anyone Interested In Following Them

~ CAG-D-P-D ~ Cultures And Generations – Define – Privacy – Differently

~ TWDCSBAA ~ This Whole Debate Could Soon Be An Anachronism

~ MS-G-A-R-A-H-OO-TD ~ Make Something – Good – And – Real – And – Human – Out Of – The Data

~ T-EOD-IH-WANR ~ The – Era Of Data – Is Here – We Are Now Recorded

~ EAMSMCTTHAPOTD-TBOIHS-O-LTTLW ~ Even As Most Social Media Companies Trumpet The Hugeness And Potential Of Their Data – The Bulk Of It Has Stayed – Off-Limits To The Larger World

ALAN JACOBS ~ THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION ~ 2011

~ RBCBIP ~ Reading Books Can Be Intensely Pleasurable

~ RIOOTGHD ~ Reading Is One Of The Great Human Delights

~ RAW ~ Read At Whim

~ AINTLTBTNLAA-FR ~ And It’s Never Too Late To Begin This New Life As A – Free Reader

~ IYT-U-TSWYFACF-IS-YMDASOWTA-F-I-BA-Y-C-CIPWT-DI-UAN ~ If You Turn – Upstream – To See Where Your Favorite Authors Came From – Intellectually Speaking – You May Discover All Sorts Of Works That Are – Fascinating – Illuminating – But Also – Yes – Challenging – Challenging Is Precisely What The – Downstream Imitators – Usually Are Not

~ AMNATRFAABAGPO? ~ And Might Not All This Reverence For Ancient Authors Be A Great Put-On?

~ TW-WILB-MDSB-TA-AIARR-WCATOB ~ Those Who – Write In Library Books – May Do So Because – They Are – Admirably Irrepressible And Responsive Readers – Who Can’t Afford Their Own Books

~ R-ISTBA-TEWOM-N-AOTRTTEASO-M ~ Reading – Is Supposed To Be About – The Encounter With Other Minds – Not – An Opportunity To Return To The Endlessly Appealing Subject Of – Me

~ IIWTL-BIMBSMWTRABOBYDWT-R-CYEAMOTLOMOTP-IOTIPWOYSBDTA ~ It Is Wrong To Lie – But It May Be Still More Wrong To Read A Bunch Of Books You Don’t Want To – Read – Cast Your Eyes Across Most Of The Lines On Most Of The Pages – In Order To Impress People Whose Opinion You Shouldn’t Be Deferring To Anyhow

~ MBBMBTFYRT ~ Many Books Become More Boring The Faster You Read Them

~ MOUTTCOITMOTBAZ-BCTPO-M ~ Many Of Us Try To Console Ourselves In The Midst Of The Blooming And Buzzing – By Claiming The Powers Of – Multitasking

~ NOA-M-I-WSADTAGATOOAAGT ~ No One Actually – Multitasks – Instead – We Shift Among Different Tasks And Give Attention To Only One At Any Given Time

~ TATMRIASO-‘CPA’ ~ The Attempt To Multitask Results In A State Of – “continuous Partial Attention”

~ TWBTAA-SM-TTBWATTO ~ Those Who Believe They Are A – Skilled Multitasker – Tend To Be Worse At It Than Others

~ EAHI-IH-WTSKOTC-TT-POL ~ Every Era Has Its – Intellectual Hucksters – Willing To Sell Knowledge On The Cheap – To The – Panicky Or Lazy

~ N-NOPOLP-WOIFRTSWCIISCAC-TAIDI-TDK ~ No – Novel Or Play Or Long Poem – Will Offer Its Full Rewards To Someone Who Consumes It In Small Chunks And Crumbs – The Attention It Demands Is – The Deep Kind

~ E-GI-EAITPOB-CAC-OMBAFBTT-P-C-S ~ Every – Good Idea – Ever Achieved Is The Product Of Both – Connection And Contemplation – Of Moving Back And Forth Between The Two – Predecessors – Colleagues – Solitude

~ N-OU-AHAAW-BWCAFOAAAAETWOITF-MOTI ~ Nonreaders – Outnumber Us – Always Have And Always Will – But We Can Always Find One Another And Are Always Eager To Welcome Others Into The Fold – May Our Tribe Increase