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In Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig he discusses how big media has leveraged technology and the law to control peoples imaginative creativity and culture He says the control is moderated by four modalities which each have their own impact on the individual Architecture one of the modalities is one of the more powerful modalities in the internet age due to cyberspaces impact on communication The model Lessig uses to explain how individuals are controlled has five parts The individual is the center and is the holder of the rights that the other four modalities effect Law usually a constraint controls by threatening to punish or if the law has been violated already it punishes As it implies the law is imposed by the state or national government Norms are another constraint but different from law in that it is imposed by our fellow man It is what all the people believe to be one way or another and not as harsh as the law but it has its own punishments and barbs The market is another constraint usually based on money or the buying and selling of items It constrains in that you have to have x to get y or money to buy a computer Architecture is a constraint usually in the physical realm For instance you have to go to the store the architectural constraint is that it is far away With other architectures a car you can speed your transportation but without it you are limited to walking or taking a bus This is vague though in that now in the information age the architecture constraint is taking on a new definition The internet has speed communication and the transfer of data When dealing with cyberspace the architecture constraint deals with technology Now this doesnt just mean your computer or the wiring for your internet connection but also software or hot applications Lessig mainly deals with how architecture has made copying so
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