Lessig had a common line in many IP talks about making criminals of our children. At the time, because of my normative practices (I started to post this under piracy), I identified as one of those “children”. Napster came about when I was in high school, so it made sense that what my age group considered normal use of tech was seen as criminal by the powers that be.
Now I have a three year-old, and the other day we are sitting couch looking at a Richard Scarry book. And of course e has a tiny digital camera, and of course e photographs things that interest em. And so this photo (one of many) was created: http://interi.org/files/DSC00724-e1428784166354.jpg (I am not high enough level to embed photos! ^_^)
As soon as I saw it render that line came back to me, and it really drove home that my peers and I weren’t just rebelling or trying to get something for free. We had evolved from pure consumers to peer producers. And it is happening at even a younger age, due to the ubiquity of mobile devices hitting low price points.
This is a narrative that I will revisit as time goes on, and I think it is a good thread that can resonate with other parents. Just by letting our children interact with technology, we are training them to break the law. How long can we protect them (or our families, in the case of minors “provoking” charges and fines against adult caregivers)? And I suspect that it plays into equality, as well, since universal access to technology won’t cause universal access to the privilege of not being prosecuted.
Anyhow, bonus image: http://interi.org/files/DSC00723-e1428784694808.jpg