A couple of friends want me to blog about how Larry Lessig has been added to the evil friends of Barack Obama at the anti-Obama parody site BarackBook. Why oh why, they ask? RTFM! The one live link on the BarackBook page explains it all: It's not Lessig's hard-to-follow opinions on copyright that honked off the right-wingers. It's this video he's shown at talks, in which a campy Jesus character gets hit by a bus. One man's Monty Python is another man's blasphemy. I wonder if the Professor would dare show a remix where, oh, let's make it Joe Biden gets run over instead. I know people who would love that.
Tonight's Bigg Digg Shindigg will be our last dance, nerd promsters. The real guitar heroes are here in Austin now, skinny pants and all. The star closing panel of the day, The Futurists Sandbox, featured slides from P. T. Anderson's lovesong to '70s porn, Boogie Nights, played to a series of monologues to eulogize Dirk Diggler as if he were a real person who died in 2025. Not even dropping Larry Lessig's name roused the crowd from Twittering. Or maybe they mistook the packed-to-capacity conference room for PureVolume.
"I never cease to be amazed when supporters of Open Source, Open Standards and the relative anarchy that such regimes allow turn to the government sector and want to do just the opposite: centralize everything." — macbeach on "free culture" advocate Lawrence "Larry" Lessig's proposal to publicly fund election campaigns.
We were just tweaking Stanford law professor Larry Lessig, really, when we asked him if he planned to just study the law, or actually make it. But Lessig now says he's seriously considering a run for the late Tom Lantos's House seat. A grassroots "Draft Lessig" movement prompted him to think about it, he says. Will he or won't he? Lessig, an Obama supporter who's also riding a "change" theme, posted a video explaining his thinking: