limits of free culture | THE STATE

Petroglyph from Val Camonica, Italy


“It is not so much that cultural information wants to be free, as that it resists attempts to be sold like fruit from a roadside stand and valued like currency. But it is not as free as the aether, flowing equally throughout the universe. Culture is made from traces of meaning, which are only ever perpetuated in human lives. Just as those lives can be interrupted, so can culture. If you kill off the means by which that collective memory sustains itself, if you continue to treat that memory as Other and deny it its own existence, it is not there for you to use. We have created this gap in meaning, and so petroglyphs cannot flow freely across the line.”

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