rhetorical analysis draft

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Mooney 1 Patrick Mooney Dr . Dietel-McLaughlin FYC13100 29 September 2010 Balance is Key In this digital age, a new type of musician has emerged, and they are notorious for the songs they make and the controversy they bring . The songs they produce are called mash-ups, and they are created by combining songs from popular, original artists or authors to make their own song . For instance, the popular musical group Danger Mouse recorded and published The Grey Album , which combined Jay-Z’s lyrics with The Beatle’s instrumentation . Obviously, musical and recording studios do not appreciate this new form of art because these mash-up artists are profiting by creating songs using songs owned by the recording studios, which is against copyright law . Andrew Keen, in his article “Web 2 .0,”which The Weekly Standard published, addresses this issue by deploring the tendency to praise the mash-up culture or Web 2 .0 culture because of how it drowns out elite talent within a massive pool of average contenders . Since Web 2.0 focuses on the realization of one’s own self and not on what others accomplish, Web 2 .0 does not focus on elite talent . For instance, Google currently personalizes its advertisements for products the user already uses based on the sites we click on in its search bar instead of goods and services we don’t normally pay attention to . Also, digital piracy is destroying the music industry and is discouraging the production of albums and songs by elite and popular artists, such
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Mooney 2 as U2 or Guster . Because of this, Web 2.0 seems to be undermining the incentive for talented people to keep on being talented . However, Lawrence Lessig’s article “In Defense of Piracy,” published by The Wall Street Journal , analyzes the downfall of copyright law in a digital world, pointing out how it limits creativity and free speech to many people . For instance, when Universal Studios noticed that a song by Prince was playing in the background of a YouTube video of a toddler dancing to the music, they demanded that YouTube remove the video because of copyright infringement . To Lessig and Lenz, the owner of the video, this claim seems to be outrageous because it forbade her from posting her video to her family for a couple of months . This denial of free speech can also be seen in lawyers suing the band Girl Talk, which creates mash-ups of multiple songs to create new songs for their albums . While Lessig provides convincing evidence to support his argument in favor of mash-up artists and creativity in a digital culture over copyright laws, Keen’s superior appeal to ethos makes his argument against the Web 2 .0 culture more credible and more convincing to his main audience
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course PHYS PHYS201 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at Mott Community College.

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