“We want to take back our media”
It’s all about “the power of subscription.” The user, you, can now choose what you want to listen to and watch, when you want to do it. This is a completely different model from the current top down hierarchies of the music business and Hollywood where they push media at you and you are expected to consume. This is a paradigm shift.
Curry compared Gnomedex to Woodstock. An explosion of new ideas, good feelings, and huge creativity. How many in the audience were at Woodstock, he asked. Dave Winer, myself, and one other, as it turned out. Yes, it is the same feeling. When I sat in that field at Woodstock, I knew we were making history. I got the same feeling at Gnomedex. Something Big is happening.
RSS, blogs, and podcasting allow us to build entirely new networks that route around the tired old restrictive structures of mass media. We can create, promote, and distribute our own music, video, and ideas, and we don’t need wheezing media dinosaurs to do it. They know something is happening, but they don’t know what it is. Let’s seize the moment.
Listen to Curry’s podcast (mp3) of his keynote, it’s excellent.