Nina Paley and Jaron Lanier are facing off in a friendly, public radio smackdown, debating the pros and cons of open/free culture. (Listen to the audio below). As a quick refresher, Nina Paley got a good amount of press last year when she created Sita Sings the Blues, a prize-winning animated film, and then released it to the public under a Creative Commons license. Jaron Lanier, meanwhile, is often called the "father of virtuality," and his new book, You Are Not a Gadget, takes a fairly hardline stance against Web 2.0 and the free/open culture movement it engendered. And now the debate recorded by WNYC in NYC:
NOTE: You can find Sita Sings the Blues (and 125 other films) in our collection of Free Movies Online.