Share My Playlists made me realize that one of the trends of modern media is the relinquishing of control, perhaps this truly is the “mashup generation”?
The play list service I mention is a site that allows people to upload their Spotify playlists and share them with other members. While the obvious association is with the mix tape of yesteryear, thinking about it this takes us into a whole new realm.
Original artists, and their record companies, are not even in control of the distribution, plus these play lists can be taken and edited by the end user – a second round of edit, re-mix and mashup.
With creative commons licensing and other related “liberal” intellectual property agreements, the future is about sharing, extending and expanding on works. Even musicians now are saying they are making more profit from performances and merchandise than they do from music sales.
But strangely it is relatively rare to find bloggers with creative commons licenses. We talk about people stealing our content, or over quoting. On social bookmarking sites “middle men” stories get penalized.
Surely bloggers should be at the forefront of new media?
What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments …