Monday, December 1, 2008

More On Internet-enabled Social Organization

YouTube reports on its corporate blog:
Starting today, musicians around the world can submit audition videos to for a chance to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and summit, the world's first collaborative online orchestra connecting aspiring musicians with leaders and stars in the classical world. The first YouTube program of its kind, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra will transform individual performances into a global symphony and change the way musicians connect over the Internet. This is your opportunity to perform alongside world-renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, learn from composer Tan Dun and many members of the London Symphony Orchestra, consult with pianist Lang Lang, and collaborate with YouTube users from around the globe. Selected musicians will have the honor of participating in an April 2009 summit where you'll learn from today's classical masters before stepping out at New York City's Carnegie Hall for a performance.

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They also, unsurprisingly, embedded two videos in their post--this is one of them:

Anyway, I don't care about this particular contest--only the method of recruitment and organization enabled by YouTube's existence. Such a contest wouldn't have been possible just a few years ago. So what else will such technology enable? What will the long-term social, economic, and political effects be? Good questions.

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