Re-Imagining AccessibilityRe-imagining accessibility through the transformations of culture -- particularly the transformative promise of accessible technology for people with disabilities -- is the work of the Fair Use Lab. What does Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster have to do with accessibility? Read more: Shape-Shifters in the Fair Use Lab [MiT6 2009]
Remix: Danger MouseWill DJ Danger Mouse become the Che Guevara of digital sampling? Consider the case for fair use made by The Grey Album.
Blind PhotographersIn the moment when Paul Strand photographed her surreptitiously on the street in New York, the social engineers who created a system for licensing beggars never imagined that a blind woman had culture or could make culture. She herself may not have imagined it. Paul Strand probably didn’t give her much credit for making culture, either. Read more: Curiosity & The Blind Photographer [MiT5 2007] See more on blind photographers.
Disability As PraxisI am a parent, homeowner, knowledge worker, and person with disabilities. Oppression is not my true word, but praxis is. In Paulo Freire’s transformative work, I find an affirmation deeper than ideology or political activism -- an affirmation of the dynamic role of disability in culture. I believe the daily praxis of making adaptations and negotiating accommodations represents a significant form of cultural production. Read Disability As Praxis.
ADA 20th AnniversaryOn its 20th anniversary, pundits will debate what the Americans with Disabilities Act has accomplished. I still believe what I said in a TV interview after the ADA signing ceremony in 1990. “The ADA will not end disability discrimination overnight. But in a nation governed by the rule of law, getting it in writing is the place to start.” So what is the ADA's legacy? A Generation of Problem-Solvers.
Tag Archives: Google
New Yorkers couldn’t miss the Orwellian message of this Consumer Watchdog ad attacking Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his company’s Internet privacy policies. A short version of the ad ran repeatedly Sept. 2 on a 540-square-foot JumboTron screen looming over Times Square. Continue reading
Joseph Esposito identifies himself as a traditionalist on copyright (“during the term of copyright, copyright serves the interests of the producer”), but he challenges the assertion that Google is “a taker, not a maker” in Publishing in the Google Ecosystem (in The Scholarly Kitchen) Continue reading
Google envisions a “device agnostic” reading experience for e-books, which means circumventing Amazon’s control of the e-book market with its Kindle reader. When Google invokes a “digital-book ecosystem” (love the way ecosystem is becoming the euphemism de jour), guess who … Continue reading
I had the pleasure of sharing an MiT6 session on Intellectual Property last Sunday with Keidra Chaney and Raizel Liebler, who presented a talk on The Intellectual Property of User-Generated Content. They publish a great blog called The Learned Fangirl, … Continue reading