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Sleeping Through a Revolution: A Moral Framework for the Technology Revolution

This video is so important it is the only item I’m running today. If you care about surviving this digital tsunami, it could be the most important 44 minutes you will ever spend!

Professor Jonathan Taplin, of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, explains how the digital revolution has eroded the creative class, benefited a few major corporations, and impacted society at large. He offers some practical suggestions for how we can use tech to turn the tide and reinvigorate creators, and those that support of them.

As music creators, we all must understand the world in which we live. This video will put you in the center of your world, and shake up many of the misconceptions you may have chosen to embrace.

A few of the many, many highlights:

2:57: Martin Luther King’s vision to keep morals at the center of technological revolution

6:08: A group of Stanford grads develop a new model for Silicon Valley: no regulation, no taxes, no copyright, no competition (and almost no women!)

10:58: How our digital economy shifts money from creators to digital monopolists

22:06: How technological progress impacts people outside the creative class?

24:35: We’ve seen huge productivity spikes, but the benefits go to companies, not workers

27:04: What keeps us in the dark about how technology is affecting us?

32:45: What does it mean when 80% of downloads come from 1% of songs?

35:19: Being human in the technological age

37:44: What we need to revive the creative class and those who support it

41:47: How today’s tech can help us achieve a creative renaissance

About Jonathan Taplin, Annenberg Innovation Lab

Jonathan Taplin is a Professor at the Annenberg School with areas of specialization in international communication management and the field of digital media entertainment. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries and 12 feature films. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards and chosen for The Cannes Film Festival seven times.
In 1984 Taplin acted as the investment advisor to the Bass Brothers in their successful attempt to save Walt Disney Studios from a corporate raid. This experience brought him to Merrill Lynch, where he served as vice president of media mergers and acquisitions. In this role, he helped re-engineer the media landscape on transactions such as the leveraged buyout of Viacom.

[Thanks to Zen Oscillator for the link. Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the editorial content.]

 

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