Estimated Timing of Pres 10 minutes
Topic (why is it significant?): Language, The Arts, Emotion, Imagination
Essential Question: Who owns ideas?
1. What is the real life situation under consideration?
Copyright laws are prevalent in our society. With the internet and people creating all new words, who owns them? Why do quotes become property of their writers? People feel ownership over their ideas.
2. What is the TOK knowledge issue(s) (questions) that will be the focus of your presentation?
Who owns language? How are literary works owned? Are all forms of art owned (the arts, language arts)? Can peoples’ ideas be owned?
a. How will you identify the knowledge issue(s)?
I will provide examples of literary and artist works that have been owned and copyrighted. I will also talk about the Infinite Monkey Theorem which states that a monkey randomly hitting the keys of a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will eventually type a given text (such as the works of Shakespeare).
b. How will you show your personal perspective?
We have had to study works of literature and cite people throughout all of school, by why do we need to cite them? Just because someone said particular words in a certain order, why can they then own those words and thoughts?
c. How will you make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge?
I will connect it to The Arts as an AOK, and Language, Emotion, and Imagination as WOKs.
d. How will you examine the knowledge claims and possible counterclaims (i.e different perspectives)? Tip: ask yourself, what would someone who disagrees with the claim say, and what reasons would he give? What about someone from a different culture, age group, religion, class, educational background?
The internet plays a huge role in the lives of younger generations. As we progress to become more “online,” the copyright laws and ownership of ideas is shifting. Prior to the internet, once someone produced an idea or patented an item, it was theirs. Nowadays, you can do covers of songs on YouTube, and YouTube will put ads on the video instead of removing it for copyright violations.
e. How will you examine the implications of knowledge?
How does owning an idea affect how the world can progress? How important is copyrighting? Should everything be copyrighted, even the “Happy Birthday” song?
f. If there is bias, how will you examine that? What about assumptions and presuppositions?
Many people believe that copyrights are important to give people credit for “originally” thinking of ideas and they deserve to be subsidized for other people using their “creations.”
Type of Presentation: Text animation video
Items you will need (e.d handouts, costumes, script, projector): Computer, projector, online resources, computer microphone