truth in publishing.
this essay by jason scott, about his experience with developing a documentary about the history of bulletin board systems and then struggling over whether and how to approach its copyright, is an extraordinarily honest piece of writing. charging into this brave new world of open and openly distributed media — open whether you want it to be or not — means dealing with the contradictions inherent in the clash of control and culture: between authority and authenticity, between the commercial and the communal, between influence and affluence. scott's assessment of this, from both his left brain and his right, is dead on the money, and so he gets mine. (not to mention, i loved the dial-up bbses, back in the day.)