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Disabled Americans today have to negotiate for the kinds of accommodations made for FDR, and the caveat “reasonable accommodation” is built into the law. President Franklin Roosevelt did not have to negotiate. He could summon vast resources of the federal government – money as well as brains – to accomplish the work of disability. And it was accomplished with such thoroughness and efficiency that its scale could be called the Accessibility-Industrial Complex had it been directed toward public accommodations and not solely the needs of a single man. Read FDR and the Hidden Work of Disability [MiT8 2013]
Shepard Fairey claimed that his posterization of a copyrighted AP news photo of Barack Obama was a transformative work protected by the fair use doctrine. In other words, it was a shape-shifter. I claim fair use, too, when I reproduce and transform copyrighted works into media formats that are accessible to me as a blind reader. Read Shape-Shifters in the Fair Use Lab [MiT6 2009]
The social engineers who created a system for licensing beggars in New York never imagined that a blind woman had culture or could make culture. She herself may not have imagined it, either. In the moment when Paul Strand photographed her surreptitiously on the street in 1916, he could not have expected that one day blind photographers would reverse the camera’s gaze. Read Curiosity & The Blind Photographer. [MiT5 2007]
Remix: Danger MouseWill DJ Danger Mouse become the Che Guevara of digital sampling? Consider the case for fair use made by The Grey Album.
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.
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AP” “A judge has dismissed copyright lawsuits between an artist who created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image and The Associated Press but has left a March trial date in place for related claims between the news service and companies that sold merchandise using the artist’s image.” Continue reading
[Updated 032009] NPR has withdrawn the image linked here in the original post. The caption for it read: A poster of President Barack Obama, right, by artist Shepard Fairey is shown for comparison with this April 27, 2006, file photo … Continue reading
Shepard Fairey’s portrait of Obama was installed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Jan. 17, 2009. [Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images/NPR] Shepard Fairey: Inspiration Or Infringement? : NPR 022609: The Associated Press has threatened to sue the artist … Continue reading
Shepard Fairey says he used this photo by Mannie Garcia, taken April 27, 2006 at the National Press Club, for the Obama ‘Hope’ poster. Fairey cropping out actor George Clooney and changing the tilt of Obama’s head. [Photo by Mannie … Continue reading
Shepard Fairey’s “Barack Obama/Hope” poster became an iconic image during the 2008 election. Then controversy about the image’s source transformed it into the poster child for fair use in copyright law. [Image source: Wikipedia]] [Updated 032009] NPR has withdrawn the … Continue reading