Sunday, September 28, 2008

Web 2.0 Goes to the Symphony

Last Friday night, after receiving electrical power for the 1st time in 2 weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, my wife and I went to hear the Houston Symphony perform. It turned out that we were seeing the 1st concert since Hurricane Ike hit Houston. The symphony was performing 2 great works, Mozart's piano concerto 21 and Shostakovich's Symphony #13 about the massacre of Jews during WWII at Babi Yar. The printed program for the concert contained 2 interesting references: to wikipedia and to creative commons. The article on Shostakovich's Symphony #13 referenced wikipedia and included a photograph of a Babi Yar memorial licensed under creative commons. When mainstream organizations like the Houston Symphony cite new forms of reference and utilize new forms of copyright, shouldn't schools encourage students to do so as well?

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