Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” the Internet’s favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently... show more
Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” the Internet’s favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to informationeven if it's just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author's books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.
Publish date: September 15th 2008
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Pages no: 213
Edition language: English
A bit dated, a bit repetitious, but quite enjoyable, nonetheless. I've always enjoyed reading this man's essays.
Cory Doctorow is one of those cool hipster technologists with lots of opinions that are mostly well-founded, and an arrogant certainty that the opposing viewpoint is represented by Sauron and Emperor Palpatine.This book is a selection of previously published essays, magazine articles, and conference...
This is probably my favorite book by Cory Doctorow so far. His fiction is good to me, but I just don't feel compelled to keep reading. His ideas about copyright, DRM, ebooks, and how writers and writing fit in the information economy are significant and important. I would highly recommend this to...
I absolutely loved his book! It's a collection of articles that we previously printed elsewhere, but, when you put them all together, you get a great read!The author talks a lot about how he releases all his books on the net for free. You would think he would lose money doing so, but the freebies st...