I gave a lecture at UCSB yesterday called “Punk to Fucked – REM to DRM” It was to about 100 art students in Colin Gardner’s introductory class.
The lecture was tracing the history of punk music from 1971-1982 and paralleling it with the development of the Internet. I then compared the shift from punk to post-punk in about 82 (with REM, Mission of Burma, etc) to the current state of the Internet (the whole Web 2.0 thing).
The slides (which I’ll post) started with song quotes and then went to quotes from RFC documents including for ASCII, FTP, HTTP, RTP transport for H.264 and finally a quote from the article exposing the Sony DRM RootKit debacle.
I always get asked to do the “technology” lectures in the intro art classes at UCSB, since I started there, and I think this was the most successful of the bunch. The students stayed awake (for the most part) and actually didn’t walk out (save for two, and I curse them with bad karma). Also they had questions.
Considering I prepared the lecture the night before, I was happy about it. I’ll post the slides later, but you need to hear the whole thing for them to make sense. I’ll try to annotate them, or maybe do a slide a day and write a post about what I talked about.
It was also nice being up in Santa Barbara again.
Oh, I’ll write about this later, but an interesting thing regarding “show of hands” surveys during lecture:
- About 1/3 had a MySpace profile.
- Roughly 90% had FaceBook profiles.
- Five people, all guys had heard of digg
- No one had heard of BoingBoing, Delcious, memorandum or NewsVine.
- About 15 had the Arctic Monkeys CD. None had paid for it
- Only a few had actually bought music in the last month
- About 20 had heard about the Sony DRM scandal