Elgar Law, Technology and Society series
Edited by Sean A. Pager and Adam Candeub
Chapter 15: Localism as a Production Imperative: An Alternative Framework for Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage
Jon M. Garon* 15.1 INTRODUCTION [A]s I look over the grand drama of history . . . I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and women trample themselves in the mire and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amid the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail. (Charles Austin Beard1) Worldwide trends of increased connectivity and content-sharing have changed the landscape for creative content throughout the world, but they pose both opportunities and threats. One of the pillars of US telecommunications policy had been the notion of localism – the legislative goal of fostering local community expression and diversity of opinion and content.2 Elsewhere different explanations for domestic policy often sought to achieve similar goals. For example, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Educational, * Prepared as part of the conference Bits Without Borders: Law, Communications and Transnational Culture Flow in the Digital Age, Michigan State University College of Law, September 24–25, 2010. Special thanks to Sean Pager and Adam Candeub. Additional thanks go to many of the co-presenters at the conference, David Post, Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, Barton Beebe, Kimberly Christen, W. Wayne Fu, Daniel Gervais, Christoph B. Graber, James Grimmelmann, Mark Schultz, Michal Shur-Ofry, Joseph Straubhaar, Mary W.S. Wong, and Steve Wildman, who provided me additional insights into the development of this project. An extended version of this chapter appears in the 2011 University of...
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