Open Source Studio
Technology. Merely a byproduct of an idea drawn on paper by men and women, has transformed into one of the most influential advancements in modern society. Specifically the creation and expansion of the World Wide Web, an open source of information designed only 25 years ago. Through a short period of time, the internet has managed to influence a large part of our lives and even spread throughout many parts of the world. The influence is so strong that many people, specifically the millennials consider the presence of internet and smart phones as “normal” and “mundane”. When the World Wide Web launched, it served as a platform and tool for many artists.
With the increase in technology, the method of Open Source has made a resurgence in popular culture. The Open Source way of thinking, producing, and distributing art was part of the “norm” until the strong influence of patents, copyrights, and proprietary ownership in the 1980s. Open Source in a sense is “technological production that is collectively authored or manufactured and distributed without profit, or limited profit-sharing according to specific guidelines” (“Open Source Studio” Randall Packer). And Open Source Studio (OSS), is an online free database that encourages users to collaborate together and exchange ideas for inspiration. In a sense Open Source Studio is another way of “do(ing) it with others” (DIWO). This peer-to-peer social interaction is a break from the individual, solo based working system encouraged by society. It allows us to bounce back ideas with one another to create the most well thought out and creative product. Which in the end helps the society grow not only through creation but as a community.
One Reply to “Open Source Studio”
I was very impressed with your understanding of open source thinking. I like the way you applied the concepts to our use of OSS, which of course is highly influenced by DIWO and other forms of open source practices. Very clever meme, but when you use an image such as from Please Change Beliefs, be sure it is because you are discussing the work in your essay. I would recommend using more specific references and images to incorporate into your essays from the readings and to be sure they are all part of the discussion and analysis. But your general assessment of open source is very good.