Thursday, 3 December 2009

¡NteReSt¡Ng... VeRy, VeRy...

What I like the most about art is being surprised, I think that 's why I like actual and contemporary art. The classical or traditional one doesn't, generally, entertain me, it tells me nothing and it is because I'm not surprised when watching, looking, hearing... in essence: using it (because art is like a drug, a good one, and if it isn't for anyone, I think it should be).

From the many definitions of art that I have come across I stand with this one:
"Art is anything provoking aesthetic pleasure"
I agree completely and since there is probably nothing fulfilling the definition for all of us (the human beings) at the same time, it is implicit that art is something personal. Anything causing aesthetic pleasure to anyone should be considered art, for the sake of respecting one another's tastes.

So, after nearly a year without posting a word in this blog (this is not to say that I haven't been thinking, XD), why am I giving this speech? Well, it's because I found this video in a blog named serious eats that surprised me and I suddenly felt the need to share and write about why I enjoyed it so much. It made me think that I have always had this thing with destroying things, since I was a child ripping apart old computers and stuff, and I like very much cooking, as you can all check in my other blog (which is one of the reasons why I abandoned this one a bit, XD). Watch the video after the break.

Manifesto: “In defense of fundamental rights on the Internet”

A group of journalists, bloggers, professionals and creators want to express their firm opposition to the inclusion in a Draft Law of some changes to Spanish laws restricting the freedoms of expression, information and access to culture on the Internet. They also declare that:

1 .- Copyright should not be placed above citizens’ fundamental rights, as to privacy, security, presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression.

2 .- Suspension of fundamental rights is and must remain an exclusive competence of judges. This blueprint, contrary to the provisions of Article 20.5 of the Spanish Constitution, places in the hands of the executive the power to keep Spanish citizens from accessing certain websites.

3 .- The proposed laws would create legal uncertainty across Spanish IT companies, damaging one of the few areas of development and future of our economy, hindering the creation of startups, introducing barriers to competition and slowing down its international projection.

4 .- The proposed laws threaten creativity and hinder cultural development. The Internet and new technologies have democratized the creation and publication of all types of content, which no longer depends on an old small industry but on multiple and different sources.

5 .- Authors, like all workers, are entitled to live out of their creative ideas, business models and activities linked to their creations. Trying to hold an obsolete industry with legislative changes is neither fair nor realistic. If their business model was based on controlling copies of any creation and this is not possible any more on the Internet, they should look for a new business model.

6 .- We believe that cultural industries need modern, effective, credible and affordable alternatives to survive. They also need to adapt to new social practices.

7 .- The Internet should be free and not have any interference from groups that seek to perpetuate obsolete business models and stop the free flow of human knowledge.

8 .- We ask the Government to guarantee net neutrality in Spain, as it will act as a framework in which a sustainable economy may develop.

9 .- We propose a real reform of intellectual property rights in order to ensure a society of knowledge, promote the public domain and limit abuses from copyright organizations.

10 .- In a democracy, laws and their amendments should only be adopted after a timely public debate and consultation with all involved parties. Legislative changes affecting fundamental rights can only be made in a Constitutional law.

Friday, 22 February 2008

HundReD tHoUgHtS c0m¡c III

Source: xkcd

This is like a kind of comic-fashioned synthesis of what I think about reality, remember.

Comics that worth a hundred thoughts: I, II.