You got me looking at the word Imperial and what it actually means. It really applies to countries, but tracing the term back further I guess you are basically meaning human power, the way people get it, and the effect it has on others, those without power?
If so, I find it interesting that people gaining power does not necessarily say anything about their moticves or how much good they are doing. Someone who is doing stuff to help others, whether it be doing workshops, books, whatever, is likely to gain personally on a number of levels, including power. Whether the power goes on to corrupt them in some way, whether they are uncomfortable with the power and seek to diminish it, or not use it, that comes down to chance and genetics as much as ideology and anything else. Id love to know more about what you are meaning, and how you think things could be any different, given that we work with the human nature we've got, not the nature we much yearn for. When it comes to video communties, Ive always been interested in whether text forum concepts could be merged with video, but with a new angle that avoids clumsiness, sort of a cross between forums, instant cha, mailing lists, blog vlogs, youtube clips and live internet chat. almost like an equivalent of mobile text messaging but with video between larger groups. Thats where Id hope to see something resembling the idea of 'community'. I also love show type vlogs but I dont expect it to satisfy the human social itch in as broad and 'community' a sense. Steve Elbows --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Eric Rice" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > This weekend at PodCamp West, I'm part of a discussion about Community Imperialism in DIY > Media, because frankly, I believe the state of 'communities' is crap. > > It's been a rough week, seeing everyday people invoking the DMCA, requesting DRM to > protect content; open source getting attacked; watching the word 'community' get thrown > around when it means 'our silo'. > > And then I saw this. A 10 minute video that damn near had me in tears. > > Do you consider them videobloggers? I do. > And since they aren't aware of THIS community, I will completely step outside any jurisdiction > and award them all a Vloggie Award. They deserve it, too. > > http://www.ericrice.com/blog/?p=208 > > ER >