Media Logging

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Media Logging is required for EmanciPay to work.

EmanciPay is a new business model for media in which the users of media pay what they please for what they consume. By sharply reducing the friction involved in paying for media, EmanciPay involves much higher percentages of the media-consuming public in the marketplace for media. And, as more people start paying for the media they consume, EmanciPay will help stigmatize non-payment for media that is otherwise free.

For EmanciPay to work, users must be informed about what media they consume. It must answer questions such as,

  1. What (is or) was that?
  2. Who (is or) was that?
  3. Who produced that?
  4. Who (are or) were the sources for that?
  5. When and where did I (listen to, watch or read) that?
  6. How often did I (listen to, watch or read) that?
  7. Do I have a relationship with the source? (Such as membership, past transactions or correspondence)

To make sure everybody in the media value chain gets properly credited -- and paid, if we wish -- we need a system for what we're calling ascribenation: the ability to ascribe or attribute credit to a source (or sources) of information used in any media item -- radio programs, blog posts, newspaper stories, or whatever. This way, if the user wishes, he or she can use EmanciPay to indicate the intention that ascribed sources might also receive some of what is paid. More under Ascribenation.

EmanciPay's first effort toward media logging is the Listen Log that will make its first appearance as the ListenLog on the Public Radio Tuner. Development work is described at ListenLog.