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Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

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From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. At TEDxEast, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

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TateShots: Mark Titchner, Studio Visit

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Casts of pig’s rib cages, burnt wood carvings and a cement mixer are just some of the things Mark Titchner showed TateShots when we dropped by his studio for a visit.

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Copying Is Not Theft – Official Version

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Our free culture anthem gets a fabulous arrangement by Nik Phelps. Vocals by Connie Champagne. Animation and song by Nina Paley.

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GOOD COPY BAD COPY

– a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AZadHQI%5D

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A reading to go with this film:

I n  P r a i s e  o f  C o p y i n g

Marcus Boon

H a r v a r d U n i v e r s i t y P r e s s
Cambridge, Massachusetts / London, England / 2010

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In_praise_of_copying   _grab_a_free_copy       Here

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“This book grew out of the observation that copying is pervasive in
contemporary culture, yet at the same time subject to laws, restrictions,
and attitudes that suggest that it is wrong, and shouldn’t be
happening. On the one hand, many of the most visible aspects of
contemporary culture—the art of Takashi Murakami or Elizabeth
Peyton, electronic music ranging from hip-hop and techno to dubstep
and mashups, BitTorrent and other digital networks of distribution,
software tools like Google Earth or Photoshop, social networking
sites like Facebook and Twitter, movies like Borat or Slumdog
Millionaire (all no doubt hopelessly out of date by the time you read
this)—rely explicitly on something we call “copying.” Indeed, many
of the most vibrant aspects of contemporary culture indicate an obsession
with the act of copying and the production of copies, and it
seems that we find real insight into what human beings and the universe
are like through thinking about how and what we copy. On the
other hand, every time we install a new piece of software, listen to
music, or watch a movie, we encounter the world of copyright and
intellectual-property law, and the set of restrictions that have been
placed around our access to and use of objects, processes, and ideas
produced by the act of copying. Simultaneously, as our ability to
make copies expands at both the macro (geophysics and the manipulation
of global weather systems) and micro (nanotechnology and
the fabrication and replication of matter from the atom up) levels,
these same laws are used by corporations to appropriate, copy, and
sell increasingly large parts of what was once the “public domain.””

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