This texteo comprises a student video and my short related writing. The video is a final
from my Fall 2007 LFYT class (students had to research some aspect of the structure, architecture, economics, or organization of YouTube rather than its video content). It was made by a team and posted by jessw11
YouTomb "is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation. More specifically, YouTomb continually monitors the most popular videos on YouTube for copyright-related takedowns."[cit]
The Master-Slave dialectic in Hegelian philosophy understands that: "the master needs the slave for recognition. That is what objective certainty means. But this recognition is not reciprocal, as the master is recognized by someone whom he does not recognize, and recognition from one side is not sufficient ... His objective certainty is not confirmed by another self-conscious being and will never get satisfaction by being recognized by a slave or a thing."[cit]
For computers, "master/slave is a model of communication where one device or process has unidirectional control over one or more other devices. In some systems a master is elected from a group of eligible devices, with the other devices acting in the role of slaves."[cit]
One of my ten founding terms
for this project is producer
: We need to expand the role of the artist/intellectual in society: who makes, when, what, and with which supports. This begs us to consider the difference between a politics of self-expression and that of cultural revolution.