SXSW 2009: Change (v2)

Saturday, March 14, 2009 11:30 AM
Lawrence Lessig

Wikipedia chooses not to use advertisments on their website because then they feel people viewing the website will just think it is an advertising fluff. This coice is estimated at a loss of $100,000,000 per year in advertisment revenu.

Clinton, as the first lady, was against a bill in legislation which would disallow people to get out of credit card debt when claiming bankrupcy. However when she became senator she was given contributions from credit card companies of over $140,000 and she flipped her votes.

It has been proven that when doctors are given pens of different perscriptions, those doctors are more apt to perscribe those over others.

The sugar company convinced the USA government to put in their nutrition information that 25% of your daily intake should contain sugar for its nutritional benefits. According to the new nutrition information having M&Ms for breakfast, a greesey burger for lunch, three slices of pizza for dinner, and cookies for desert is “balanced.”

We have a corruption, but its not the same as it was in the 1900s. In today’s society we have “good souls corruption” where we’re more about money, and just get suckered into it. A bill, HR 801, prevents research to be open to the public. It goes further to say that publisher’s can only have access to this data and information that the common public pays for with their taxes. Publishers then turn around and sell this data for a lot of money. Congress members who voted for this bill recieve 2x as much funding from publishers. “Money buys congress.”

Congress members spend 30-70% of their time raising money so they can use this to be reelected for the next term.

“IP Extremism:” destructive debilitating dependency. Presenter had to understand this dependency and figure out how to change this dependency.

In order to change the climate crisis we have to change the “democracy crisis.” We can use this as a tool to change public problems. We’ve lost faith in this system because we watch as the greed takes them over.

website – strike4change.org, change-congress.org

Posted in Geeky, SXSW 2009.

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