Wiping Yourself Out of History


In an attempt to "protect" their content, CBS tried to wipe the internet clean of Walter Cronkite's famous announcement of the death of President Kennedy. So what's the internet to do? Forget CBS and look elsewhere, of course. Ira Socol says there's a lesson here for all publishers, not just of news but of entertainment and academic content as well: "So, you have your choice. Hide behind paywalls and attack lawyers, or share your works with the world. Be part of the global conversation or confine your thoughts to an increasingly irrelevant elite. Figure out how to live via a culture of sharing and communication or sit back and imagine royalty checks rolling in."