Reminder: Create A PSA About The Impact Of Technology On Creativity And You Can Win $1,000

from the step-on-up dept

As you may remember, NBC Universal via New York City, is running a contest trying to get NYC school children to create anti-piracy public service announcement (PSA) propaganda videos. In exchange for that, they're giving the "winner" $500... but also taking their copyright. We think it's a bit ironic that a contest where you're forced to only talk about how great copyright is also forces you to give up your copyright.

Anyway, thanks to some generous Techdirt readers (and a matching grant from us directly), we're offering our own contest and the deadline is rapidly approaching. You've basically got a week left. We're looking for the PSAs to be about the impact of technology on creativity. We're not giving you talking points, or even a specific view you have to take. Unlike NBC Universal and New York City, we trust you to make your own arguments, not regurgitate what you've been handed. We're also offering twice the amount of money they are... and we don't force you to give up your copyright. So, step on up. Details of how to enter can be found here.
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    Chosen Reject (profile), 21 Oct 2011 @ 10:11am

    Re: "Create A PSA About The Impact Of Technology On Creativity"

    I love how you gloss over the fact that more people are creating new works today than ever before. Hasn't it been stated enough that everything is based off of some other work? The fact that there is a lot of output to choose from, as you so helpfully pointed out, also shows that there is a lot of creative work to draw from. Since there is a lot of creative work to listen to, watch, read, etc. it should come as no surprise that people are creating even more works.

    Having a lot of creative works around does not cause a dearth of new creative works simply because creativity is always based on the stuff that is around you. The more stuff around you, the more inspired one is to create their own new stuff.

    Creativity needs to be viewed more like a conversation than a spark of genius. Lots of conversations around you doesn't lead you to do less talking. Quite the opposite, it leads to more participation. Having lots of creativity around doesn't dull your mind. Quite the opposite, since every work is based on what has been done before, the more creativity you surround yourself with, the more works you'll create.

    There are some people who don't want to create, who only want to consume, just like there are some people who don't want to participate in conversations, opting instead to just listen. But what then is the harm of that? It may be that at some point they will be motivated to participate, and the creative output is increased, or the conversation is enriched. But if they decide to never participate, it is unlikely that they would have done so had their been less creative works, or less conversation.

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