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May 30, 2012

We have all been exposed to the various features of piracy and its disciplines. Prior to the onset of the information age; the concerns for piracy were not as wide or as specific as they are now. Carrying on from last week’s topic; piracy also shares a concern for economies of attention and the economies of knowledge. As publishing is essentially making something known, the influences of piracy have caused much debate. None more so than the case of Wikileaks which is questioning the legality of piracy in an online publishing world.


The public has been aware of the severity and legality of piracy. We have been exposed to campaigns such as the above video reminding us of the importance of piracy. This is issue tends to follow on from last week’s topic on attention. With decreased attention spans, our economies of attention are becoming limited and we are too often distracted to new focuses of attention. This is because of our habits of attention. People have various habits which require their attention. Media and social changes may add new assemblages causing a change in one’s attention. However others may not be distracted because of their intent on staying with their habits. For example, one may be uninterested in using e-readers as they have developed a habit for printed books. The scarcity of our attention is thus different to our economies of knowledge. This involves distributing information without losing its original form. This is reflective of the laws of copyright in that once an idea has been created it may be distributed but it will never lose its origin of ownership. However with the onset of the information age and the increased usage of the internet, it has allowed for the immense copying and distributing of information which inturn has affected the world of publishing.


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