Rhetoric has a new tool, cheap online video distribution, so perhaps quality graduation entertaining ideas might rise up but will a graduation speech ever make the top speech list? For now you can hear and see Phallus in Chains play Green Day's Time of Your Life at Berkeley's '07 commencement.
I spent quite awhile trying to research graduation speeches for a post I did the end of May. YouTube might be a place where quality can be found but I'm finding that most of the stuff is mediocre. That is what you find when amateurs run the show.
This has been the criticism of Wikipedia. When professionals aren't there to edit and people can contribute for free and access is at little or no cost, how can quality be maintained? Ah. That is the big question of our times.
Andrew Keen, author of the Cult of the Amateur, wrote an article in the May 21 issue of Forbes, titled "Down with Internet Democracy." He said, "If you want to supplement artificial intelligence with real human intelligence, you need to reward the real humans with real money in exchange for their services. Because real people have real mortgages to pay off and real families to feed." He uses this to justify why professional staffs are needed for Wikipedia. He is not in favor of "people-powered" projects that depend on "noble amateurs."
The problem is this: with so much information out there and cheap tools such as inexpensive digital cameras and recorders and software to upload and wide bandwith for sharing, who is to stop anyone from producing and sharing at any level?
We're facing information overloads and the system of managing and profiting from creativity is threatened with new channels of distribution. I've termed this a system of "pull" where consumers can pull in what they want rather than a "push" system where professionals function as gatekeepers to push things to consumers.
I have supported the creative commons copyright system as it makes more sense in the digital environment. Some, though, want to extend copyrights. The copyright debate will the the gripping one we will face, especially as google gobbles up the printed books ... to extend the protections, or to come up with new terms for our new age.