Darknets and the Lightnet
After a week of interviews with Internet luminaries J.D. Lasica and Lucas Gonze, I put together a Publish article analyzing two web memes: Darknets and the Lightnet
Here is my story.
In addition, Lucas Gonze suggested that I post my interview questions on an open thread on a blog—an open-source conversation about the story. So, read the story, grab some Star Wars metaphors ("Lucas, I am your father," for instance), and start remixing…
How will Lightnet's focus on interactive, user-manipulated video/audio content affect the publishing industry? For instance, what will the New York Times website look like in a Lightnet world? What kind of things can a subscriber do with New York Times content in a Lightnet world?
The idea of an audience is changing too. How can a newspaper/television show/old media outfit possibly survive in a Lightnet environment? In a world where users are constantly manipulating and mixing media, how can royalties, subscriptions and all that get sorted out?
Your new classification system seems to relegate Web 2.0 heroes like I-Pod and ITunes to the Darknets' past--just as the world was catching on! How will these platforms evolve over the next few years, if the Lightnet trend continues? Are general audiences really prepared for this dramatic media shift?
I'm still unclear about the ultimate effect of the Lightnet shift. Is it really possible to live in a world without Darknets’ DRM restrictions on these digital properties? Will the future depend on a balance between Darknets and Lightnet models, or will one idea eventually conquer the other? Continue Reading