(music to write by)
“As far as we can tell, the mounting restrictions placed on street photographers by Lord Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill and section 51 of the Data Protection Act effectively eradicate the artists’ power of copyright and pretty much ban photographers from snapping street scenes unless they directly ask the permission of each and every person who happens to stray in front of their lens.”
I have to deal with this a lot of the time. Two of my major spheres of interest - poetry and technology - often evoke the resistance response. “I just don’t get that poetry stuff.” Fine and fair enough. But allow me to show you what you’re missing…
I know people who’ve signed up to attend my tech workshops and would be happy to spend the time detailing their paper-based systems and why tech just wouldn’t work for them. Yes, it’s important for me to figure out where they’re coming from, to get a sense of what the real issues are, and hopefully tailor my suggestions to their specific thinking, but bottom line, if you signed up for a session that’s designed to help you with tech, what were you hoping for? Were you hoping to validate your fear, or move on from it?
Let’s not simply celebrate your resistance. Let’s learn something new.
jackcheng: Modern quandries.