Thursday News: Ode to the DMCA; food and social class; an “ibreakup;” and Julia Rothman’s “Nature Anatomy”
“Without the legal protections provided by Congress, YouTube would not exist in its current form and probably would not exist at all,” Goldman said. “We can trace billions of dollars in activity that can be attached to the safe harbor.”
Imagine Twitter, Goldman said, if it had to screen tweets “before they go public.” This alternate universe idea isn’t new. However, the DMCA’s success is worth pointing out on YouTube’s birthday because largely we associate the DMCA with something else entirely—abuses. –Ars Technica
Economic status dictates class and diet. We arrange food in a hierarchy based on who originally ate it until we reach mullet, gar, possum, and squirrel—the diet of the poor. The food is called trash, and then the people are.
When the white elite take an interest in the food poor people eat, the price goes up. The result is a cost that prohibits poor families from eating the very food they’ve been condemned for eating. It happened with salmon and tuna years ago. When I was a kid and money was tight, my mother mixed a can of tuna with pasta and vegetables. Our family of six ate it for two days. Gone are the days of subsisting on cheap fish patties at the end of the month. The status of the food rose but not the people. They just had less to eat. –Oxford American
Rothman notes that the book — in which she enlisted the help of friend and nature-expert John Niekrasz — is no more a “nature book” than her walks in the park are true “nature walks,” for there is no way to contain all of the living world between the covers of a single book. And yet it’s her nature book — a visual record of those aspects of our world that most sang to her and tickled her curiosity.
And that, I think, is precisely the point — we miss most of what is going on around us anyway, but it’s the act of looking that creates our reality, which is invariably subjective. Looking at nature in this way reminds us both that we are finite beings limited in the reach of our seeing abilities and that we belong to a world of infinite complexity and beauty — an awareness at once immensely grounding and immensely elevating. –Brain Pickings