Friday, October 13, 2006
Britney allows users to vote for the Creative Commons music that they like so, hopefully, the cream will rise to the top. The site shares the design of Digg with an easy click-to-vote button on the side of each story. It represents the answer to the fundamental stumbling block of Creative Commons-licensed and other independently-produced work: How do I tell what is worth my time?
As content production moves away from traditional media companies and independents start to produce the bulk of it, that question will become increasingly problematic. Britney solves that problem by distributing the effort of sifting through the thousands and eventually millions of music tracks and giving a consensus opinion of what is worthwhile and what isn't. As often happens, as communications barriers are lowered and new platforms of expression are created, solutions that once seemed too cumbersome (polling millions of people for their opinions) become feasible and even incumbent.
(via Digital Music Weblog)
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