Why do you participate in open culture?

I recorded some personal comments on the survey answers to the question: ‘Why do you participate in open culture? Why do you think it’s important?’.

Music: Death March to Sun Fun City by Ruin Roads licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

It was my first time trying my hand at audio mixing so feedback on both the content and the recording are definitely welcome…

[10th August edit]

Here’s the result of a brainstorming session on the same topic:

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5 thoughts on “Why do you participate in open culture?

  1. It’s so great that you did audio for this! I love it when I can hear people’s voices and see them as well, because it helps me feel like I’m getting to know them a bit better. So I’m glad you did this audio. It sounded really great–good volume, and your mic is good because you don’t get a lot of pops and clicks! Good editing…doesn’t sound like things too jump too much when you cut out parts. Nice work overall on the audio.

    I, too, noticed that quite a few people mentioned what you aptly call idealistic values in their answers to why they engage in open culture. A number of people talked about how openness can be helpful to society in the long run; but I would like to think further about specifics on how that might be the case. I also wonder if it’s necessarily the case that openness will always be beneficial; I want to be aware of potential pitfalls as well, some of which we’ll be talking about later in the course. For example, being very open about yourself and what you do and what you believe can lead to possible privacy concerns and at times harassment, depending on what you say and what you believe. Maybe ultimately more openness can help that situation (publicizing harassment might help?), but it’s not all happiness and sunshine all of the time with openness, I fear.

    I also liked Pat’s question about whether sharing is always open or not–it was provocative, and made me wonder about when it might not be. I asked that in my most recent blog post, and hope some people might be inspired to come up with examples of when sharing might not be considered open! Can you think of any? Curious!

    • Thanks for your feedback on the audio recording. I’m just using my laptop’s internal mic so I’m surprised to hear that the voice quality is good! Anyway, I’m motivated to do more of this in the future. *feeling audacious*

      I didn’t explicitly say it in my analysis above but it did strike me that every person who answered the survey was very optimistic about the potential of openness. This could be because they are involved in open activities and have had positive experiences so far or because the questions did not encourage them to explore potential pitfalls.

      Like you, I’m keen to look at the other side of the coin, i.e. how in certain instances, openness may not reap the expected results : there will definitely be side effects that we need to examine!

      As to the idea of sharing not being ‘innately open’, it makes me think of the gap between stated intention and real intention. As sharing becomes more popular and is hailed as a positive value, individuals and companies will try to slap an easy image boost onto their product by reproducing the codes of openness without really adopting the ethos.

      Why do we share? What’s important to share and for what purpose? What are we prepared to accept as being ‘open’? Those are important questions right now.

      Does that make sense to you? Let me head to your blog to see what you and others have come up with regarding Pat’s provocative comment…

      • This does, indeed, make sense. I expect the reason that everyone who answered the survey was positive about openness has to do with who we sent it to. We sent it to some email lists, but those were for people already interested in openness. I sent it out via Twitter, but most of the people who follow me are already interested in openness, and etc. Of course, that doesn’t mean those people haven’t had some bad experiences with being open, or couldn’t think of some that others have had, but I think generally what we got were responses from those who believe in its value!

        I agree with your point about sharing possibly being for image boost without adopting the ethos. That makes sense. I can easily see that happening, and soon.

        No one has commented on that part of my blog yet…but hopefully sometime they will!

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