Lawrence Lessig provides in the presentation ‘Free Culture: What we need from you’ an excellent insight into his concept of “free culture.” He argues that audio and video offer in the digital realm and within the Internet environment a new platform of “speech”: (21.00-22.00)
This is read-write culture. This is digital creativity. It’s the creativity these technologies beg for, creativity that of course it is not new when you think of film and television for the last 60 years, what is new is that this capacity has been democratised. Anyone with a 1500 dollar computer can take images and sounds from the culture around us and remix them in a way to express either political ideas or cultural criticism, in the most powerful way any of us know how to speak. Through video and music, these tools of creativity are now tools of speech producing a new potential to speak, a new potential to learn, this is the literacy of the 21st Century and its capacity is to revive this read-write culture.
‘Free Culture: What we need from you’, by Lawrence Lessig, Linux World, Recorded August 15, 2006