Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

I received a link from Chris to a fanimutation called Irrational Exuberance by Veloso at It's very funny. It's a flash animation over the Happatai song "Yatta!". Max and James turned me on to "Yatta!" When I saw them in May at FiRe. Happatai are a group of Japanese comedians who released a song back in April 2001 called "Yatta!". It's a very silly song with silly lyrics and a video of them dancing around with no clothes and just a fig leaf. The weird thing about this is that it was slightly funny when it came out in Japan, but the mpeg video of this has been zooming around the Internet in the US and has developed small cult following. this fanimutation by Veloso is just another "derivative work" of "Yatta!" I wonder if this is an example of Japan's Gross National Cool export. Maybe I should contact them and see if they will release the rights for these fanimutations since they are clearly increasing their popularity in the US. ;-)

Flash animations over popular or weird songs or "fanimutations" are becoming a funky new art form. People seem to encourage sharing of the flash code. They are another example of a new form of "art" like mashups that aren't really feasible under traditional copyright/licensing. Mixing, sharing and attribution are at the core of this new subculture. If you go to the sites, you'll notice that people go to great lengths to link and attribute.

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Via Markoff Via Jerry

UPDATE: I noticed that the title of this post is grammatically incorrect. It should be "The ordering of the letters doesn't matter" or something. The irony is that my blog renders my permalinks from my titles, so I can't correct it without breaking people's links. The first entry I've ever written about linguistics will be permanently grammatically incorrect. ;-p

We're going to be meeting at Push Café instead of Madison Square Park today because it looks like it's going to rain. Still from 2pm-4pm. See you there.

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Went to Ryuichi Sakamoto's place yesterday. I don't get to see him very often since he moved from Tokyo back to New York. Ryuichi is one of my favorite musician/activists and is a great inspiration to me. He's very smart and is called kyoju (professor in Japanese) by his friends and is always thinking and studying. He's an outspoken anti-war activist and an environmentalist. I met Ryu Murakami through Ryuichi. Ryuichi was also responsible for getting me involved with the effort to invite the Dalai Lama to Japan. (They are good friends.)

The last time I saw him, we were both using Windows machines and this time we both had 15" Powerbooks. I showed off TraktorDJStudio and gave my blogging spiel. Ryuichi has a cool web page and is on a blog called codeblog but I tried to convince him to dive into it himself and get the full blown blogging community experience. I walked him through the tools and my favorite sites. Ryuichi sends out emails to a list several times a week with his thoughts on the environment and war and I think that having a strong voice in the blog space would be really cool for him.

I also got to see Sora-san and Neo again. The last time I saw Neo, he was still a little kid. It made me feel old seeing him so big. ;-)

Martin Nisenholtz, CEO - New York Times Digital
Met Martin Nisenholtz and Catherine Levene of New York Times Digital yesterday. Martin is the CEO of NYTd and Catherine is the VP of Strategy & Business Development. Martin and Catherine are the two behind the NYT RSS feed for Userland. I was expecting to have to go through my usual song and dance about blogging, but I realized quickly that I was preaching to the choir and that they already "got it". We quickly switched gears to talking about what happens next. We talked about the impact of blogging on democracy and journalism as well as the technology of blogging. It was really a treat to talk to professional journalists who were thinking seriously about blogging. The New York Times is lucky to have these two and I hope they are successful in truly digitalizing the New York Times.

Won't it be great when media like the New York Times can work with bloggers and allow things that percolate up through the blogs make it into the New York Times? I think that a combination of real sources in some of the hard to reach areas of the world together with NGO bloggers and other caring enthusiasts could really help media like the New York Times reach out further and get around the resource constraint issues that Richard Smith of Newsweek talked about in Geneva. In addition, finding and pointing to voices like Salam Pax in other parts of the world can help people in attaching a personal perspective and maybe get people to care more about far away cultures.

Thanks for the intro Markoff!