NFB Unreels Online Smash Hits

Michael Geist, Weblog, Feb 01, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good overview of Canada's National Film Board, its open content online, and participative initiatives such as GDP. "The NFB has demonstrated the potential of the Internet and new media to attract new audiences for Canadian content. The old regulatory models premised on scarcity that led to Canadian content requirements are disappearing quickly." Quite right. It's a market of supply, not scarcity. Canadian culture is vying for attention - to promote Canadian content is therefore to fund it and make it freely available, not (as in the past) to try to restrict foreign culture from flowing in.
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