Comments on: The freedom to remix (in Italy) (and remember, this is ITALY for #@#$’s sake) Blog, news, books Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: xDxD.vs.xDxD Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:05:50 +0000 I don’t think italians are to blame, or even that they just sit there and watch things happening.
Things are just rough, and public policies, economic scenarios, work conditions just make things harder for ordinary citizens.

but even things like this can be a trigger for something to happen.

As it did, this time.

The RomaEuropa WebFactory does not allow artists to remix?

Well, we remixed their contest, producing an opportunity.

more here:

please participate, spread and share, if you can.

prof. Lessig, thank you for talking about it. :)

By: F2 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 02:33:24 +0000 This is not surprising at all. Since the 80s, Italy has been folding on itself due to the fact that protecting acquired privilege, whether big (a company’s position) or small (a person’s employment), is the overwhelming concern of an economy with little credit and even less monetization.

Italians love to blame their politicians, but it is the population at large who is to blame – Italian politicians are elected, and a number of different ones (a large number) have cone by in the last 25 years. This is a country where the average male lives with is parents until well into his thirties. Does it surprise you that innovation, creativity and economic progress happen in spite of society and the establishment, not because of it? I have lived there for 15 years, and I am not surprised one bit.

Your title suggests a connection to the Italy of the renaissance. That Italy is gone. What exists now is a comfortably lazy place that was an economic power in the mid-80s, threatening the U.K.’s #5 position in the G5 (and effectively leading to the creation of the G7), and that has basically has largely stagnated ever since.

By: vb Tue, 20 Jan 2009 07:05:16 +0000 Unfortunately, this is just normal for Italy – a country where most people in charge of any kind of responsibility were born before or during World War II. Notwithstanding the efforts of many, Italy more and more keeps lagging behind in terms of digital culture and more generally of innovation and progress. Only through a radical rejuvenation of the Italian leadership – based on skills and merit, rather than on personal connections and kinships as it usually happens – there could be some hope for a better future; otherwise, Italy is destined to lose contact with the world and get back to poverty, racism, isolation and underdevelopment.