Sharing is (not) Caring

Surely I am not the only person who became familiar with the phrase “sharing is caring” as a child. In fact, it seems the first few years of my childhood education focused on learning how to work with others and most importantly how to share. Unfortunately, the “real” world does not seem to care about sharing. In a sense, sharing is not caring it is un-American. Our country has developed cultural practices that are rooted in the commoditization of everything. If I, or anyone else, can think of anything chances are it is available for purchase somewhere. We are a nation of buyers and sellers, and any “creative” material is usually created with the intention of profiting off of said material. Because of this, as the movie RiP!: A Remix Manifesto suggests, the world, or at least a capitalist one, tends to care about profit and personal recognition as opposed to true scientific and artistic freedom and progression. Therefore, it is not surprising that copyright laws help corporations profit decades after the creation of a material. This is the country we live in. The government is set on protecting corporations and not artists, writers, or the working-class individual. It would be nice if the past generations (the ones who primarily create the laws) could understand that creativity and uniqueness exist within blending of other works and not in a vacuum, while also ending the victimization of “infringers.” Brett Gaylor’s manifesto claims that in order “to build a free society the control of the past must be limited.” But how? One day our ideas about creative commons could be the norm, but it will soon be the past and become outdated. No one wants to pass on the torch once it is handed to them, and I doubt my generation will want to pass it on either, but that is the future. For now we must continue to express ourselves regardless of what the past believes, but we cannot forget this moment when subsequent generations are begging us to put aside personal greed and acknowledge their legitimacy.