YouTube and Information Literacy
As previously, for “information literacy” I am reading “copyright awareness”…
I think I already mentioned that I’ve used one of lordllama’s videos as a copyright awareness aid. I’m not sure about some of the “funny” accents but nothing gets a dull message across as successfully as a furry weasel puppet and a furry rat puppet…
I looked at some other YouTube material about copyright too. There’s some good general stuff out there (like this, er, copyright rap) but whereas the world-wide nature of the web would normally be hailed as a good thing, the different legal jurisdictions pose problems where copyright is concerned. Hence the legal minutiae underpining clever videos like this American one don’t actually toe the line with law in the UK where the reproduction of even small fragments of Walt Disney films would be a bit of a no-no.
I dip into a couple of podcasts now and then. I know that one of them is updated weekly on the BBC site so I listen to that when I get time. The other one appears periodically and when that happens I get notified via my Google Reader subscription to their blog. I tend not to subscribe to them via iTunes since I’m not so bothered as to want to listen to every single episode.
For a while I subscribed to a programme on BBC 6Music but I abandoned this because only very short extracts of the music played in the show were actually included in the podcast, presumably because the rights hadn’t been cleared. Why is my life riddled thus with copyright restrictions at every turn?!
Hobby horse alert! I think there is now a generation to whom the idea of paying for music is now totally alien. (This I know from the blank looks I get when I try to enthuse–like some deranged old idiot–about the great new CD I’ve just bought.)
It’s good that the advent of Spotify and last.fm means that there’s now an alternative to all that illegal downloading malarkey which they say has brought the music industry to its knees. I hear though that there are real issues among musicians as to the means and extent to which they get reimbursed for all the free access which Spotify allows to their material. For some time I was a massive “user” but I now find it a bit overwhelming. I often think that it’s only at the point where I make a financial commitment to music, i.e. pay for it, that I actually engage with it to any extent. There’s so much, so easily available, it kind of loses its value.
Another sign of old age probably *folds rug over knees, nods off*…