Beyond DRM

by: John McMurria / DePaul University
With the divide growing between consumer groups, global corporations, government agencies, and end users, there are increasing calls for genuine change in the way digital music is disseminated. Is the time right for compulsory licensing as a viable alternative?



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The YouTube Community

by: John McMurria / DePaul University
While the idealization of YouTube as a self-organizing, radically democratic community for sharing clip culture certainly helped to buffer what could be considered an act of selling “the community” as property to corporate giant Google, the image of YouTube as a revolutionary alternative to corporate media culture has nevertheless been a powerful one.



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Desperate Citizens

by: John McMurria / DePaul University
Extreme Makeover Home Edition contestants are portrayed as good and deserving citizens who are the victims of misfortunes beyond their control. However, while EMHE helps these deserving citizens, the corporate sponsored show fails to recognize the irony inherent in the fact that it is these very corporations that contribute to these problems in the first place.





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