May 20, 2008

Gilberto Gil on digital culture

Writing about web page http://joi.ito.com/weblog/2008/05/19/gilberto-gils-t.html

Joi Ito points to a really interesting speech from Brazilian cultural minister Gilberto Gil (yes, that Gilberto Gil – how cool is that) on the impact of digital tech on culture and the potential for transformation.

Interestingly Gil firmly believes that this is inherently a political issue rather than solely cultural.

we have not only to humanize, but also politicize these technologies, which means thoroughly discuss them and make them available to society and every citizen. Regulations should be there to insure freedom and open access to knowledge, not just for “business as usual” purposes.

It is an interesting perspective. The challenge is clearly set in a cultural/arts/community context but there obvious implications for the social contract between Universities and the communities that sustain them.


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  1. Lou Gold

    Gilberto Gil is a true visionary. And the vision is about a lot more than the “social contract between Universities and the communities that sustain them.” He understands clearly that the MAJOR educational institution of society is shifting from TV to PC. Brazil now buys more PCs than TVs. This is, indeed, an event of tremendous political significance.

    20 May 2008, 19:39

  2. Lou Gold

    Ooops, I forgot to leave a link to my Visionshare blog

    20 May 2008, 20:10

  3. I’ve seen a few articles with Gil recently and I am increasingly impressed with his ideas and passion. A true visionary indeed. I do think that this shift is starting to ask some pretty fundamental questions about the role of universities – perhaps questions that are as challenging as anything set us in the last, oooh, several hundred years.

    I don’t know, between Gil and Byrne (another awesome cultural visionary) it looks like the agenda is being set by the musicians! Rather them than the usual politcos and lunatics.

    Double oops – i think you meant http://lougold.blogspot.com/

    BTW – It’s interesting that in all the debate about China and India we often don’t give Brazil the look in it deserves. 5th biggest market for PCs – that’s pretty cool.

    Although as Bill Hicks once said – People tell me ‘Iraq has the fourth biggest army in the world Bill’. Yeah, well after the first three there’s a reeeaaalll big drop off. The Hare Krishnas are at number 5 and they already have our airports.

    20 May 2008, 21:42


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