The Fun Done Gone. Discuss.

To pull students’ noses out of my Internet Law Casebooks and their minds away from exegesis of the Sleekcraft factors in adword-based trademark infringement claims we will discuss No More Innovation for the Fun of It in Tuesday’s pre-midterm Internet law class. Is “[t]he Internet, with corporations sniping at each other and blithely ignoring major privacy violations, [] on the verge of the same fate as the true-blue American industries before it: losing its sense of fun[?]”

One thing you can take to the bank: my exams have not lost their sense of fun.

7 thoughts on “The Fun Done Gone. Discuss.”

  1. Do I believe that all the fun is over? Not necessarily. The Internet has created an inherent culture for a wide range of one-does-not-fit-all businesses, unlike many other industries that focus on standardization like the automobile industry for instance. One could disagree with Bilton, arguing that adopting a long tail strategy online might allow a small company to compete on a field where it may not have otherwise done so. This article does provide an interesting take on the transformation of the Internet since its inception.

  2. “My exams have not lost their sense of fun.”

    Wait, so you’re telling me that you’d be open to the idea of crowdsourcing the grading process…students voting for the best free response answers to the exam? (have it be take home and uploaded to trudalane)

    Crazy ideas aside, it’s really a matter of control – a constant struggle between standardization and innovation. The big companies are currently trying to solve the innovator’s dilemma by outright buying these competitors and then disbanding the talent onto other projects, or forcibly integrating those features into their existing product offering…

    Speaking of corporations sniping at each other, have you read this? 
    http://falkvinge.net/2012/03/02/how-microsoft-pays-big-money-to-smear-google-audaciously/

    1. Crowd sourcing exam answers is not entirely crazy. It could be useful to have students discuss and arrive at an answer. I’m going to think about ways to use this.

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