I have already mentioned the TED Talks a couple of times – very inspiring 20 minute presentations you can watch on the web. Now there is a good one by Larry Lessig, who talks about 3 stories in support of one central argument concerning paradigms shifts necessary in todays copyrights setup:
The Net’s most adored lawyer brings together John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights, and the „ASCAP cartel“ to build a case for creative freedom. He pins down the key shortcomings of our dusty, pre-digital intellectual property laws, and reveals how bad laws beget bad code. Then, in an homage to cutting-edge artistry, he throws in some of the most hilarious remixes you’ve ever seen.
I’m a subscriber to the TED talks podcast myself. It’s funny because I have trouble getting myself to start watching them. It’s mostly because I can’t stop once I’ve started.
I agree completely. I don’t get myself to watch them for most of the time because of the same reason. Maybe one should make a habit of watching them one at a time, say one speech each morning. Having to go to work will ultimately limit the time you can spend watching TED… Or would it?