In a world where discovery is more important than delivery, it's the people who find, remix and direct attention to old stuff that should be rewarded, not the people who deliver it or sit on it waiting for someone to show up.
Internet penetration in Italy is quite low and the Berlusconi media machine controls most of what people see.
Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.
Money creates a power relationship between the payer and the payee.
Now that our media companies and it appears are policies are traded for cash, what is there to check the continuing consolidation of power and diminishing of democracy?
When there is a huge force pressing down on freedoms, sub-cultures with more creativity and power are likely to form.
I talked about the barriers created by monopolies. I said that it was the role of government to break up these monopolies and that we couldn't do it alone.
For some reason, I grew up generally believing that Japan and Korea were quite friendly. I do know that there is some bad history and the extremists on both sides are unreasonable.
We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation.
We talked about the Internet and Wikipedia and how facts and history are being collectively created online.
I have always viewed my role as a sort of ambassador or bridge between groups to help provide a dialog.
We have a long way to go before we are able to hear the voices of everyone on earth, but I believe that providing voices and building bridges is essential for the World Peace we all wish for.
I agree that it is not just the extremists who harbor bad thoughts or engage in bad acts, but they are usually the source of the polarization and try to keep education and communication of the main stream from moving forward.
I noticed that democracy was broken and tried to work on fixing that in Japan. Then I realized that it was broken all over the place and decided to work on that too.
Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words, but human rights is very specific.