Hailed by Bruce
Sterling as a “political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer,
entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” Cory Doctorow is the web’s most celebrated high-tech pop-culture maven. Content is the first collection of Doctorow’s infamous articles, essays, and polemics.
Here’s why Microsoft should stop treating its customers as criminals (through relentless digital-rights management); how America chose copyright and Happy Meal toys over jobs; why Facebook is taking a faceplant; how Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; and, of course, why free e-books kick ass.
Accessible to geeks and noobs (if you’re not sure what that means, it’s you) alike, Content is a must-have compilation from Cory Doctorow, who will be glad to take you along for the ride as he effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist.
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About the Author
Cory Doctorow is a science-fiction novelist, blogger, and technology activist whom Entertainment Weekly called “the William Gibson of his generation.” He is the author of the best-sellers Little Brother, Makers, Pirate Cinema, and Homeland and the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing. Doctorow is a contributor to the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, Locus, and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He was the director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy standards, and treaties.
Table of Contents
Foreword for Content John Perry Barlow xv
Microsoft Research DRM Talk 3
The DRM Sausage Factory 27
Happy Meal Toys versus Copyright: How America Chose Hollywood and Wal-Mart, and Why It's Doomed Us, and How We Might Survive Anyway 39
Why Is Hollywood Making a Sequel to the Napster Wars? 45
You DO Like Reading Off a Computer Screen 51
How Do You Protect Artists? 55
It's the Information Economy, Stupid 59
Downloads Give Amazon Jungle Fever 63
What's the Most Important Right Creators Have? 67
Giving it Away 71
Science Fiction is the Only Literature People Care Enough About to Steal on the Internet 77
How Copyright Broke 83
In Praise of Fanfic 89
Metacrap: Putting the Torch to Seven Straw-Men of the Meta-Utopia 95
Amish for QWERTY 105
Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books 109
Free(konomic) Ebooks 133
The Progressive Apocalypse and Other Futurismic Delights 139
When the Singularity Is More Than a Literary Device: An Interview with Futurist-Inventor Ray Kurzweil 145
Wikipedia: A Genuine HG2G - Minus the Editors 159
Warhol IsTurning in His Grave 171
The Future of Ignoring Things 175
Facebook's Faceplant 179
The Future of Internet Immune Systems 185
All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites 189
Read Carefully 197
World of Democracycraft 201
About the author 211
About the author of the Foreword 213
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cory Doctorow is co-editor of Boing Boing, a popular technology blog. He released this e-book in Portable Document Format for free download from the Internet.
A very readable introduction to the issues mentioned in the title, although because it's cobbled together from various essays, talks, and so on it tends to be a little repetitive.
Would have given four stars, but as the book is made up previously published essays it gets a bit repetitive. Could have been edited down to two or three long essays. That being said, I think the info he's giving is essential. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't understand why most of the library's audiobooks can't be played on an ipod. Of course, some might reach different conclusions than Doctorow, but as a librarian, I'm for open gardens. I have a professional obligation to make information easier to exchange. All of Doctorow's books are downloadable for free at his website: craphound.com. You can also find most of his work at the library. Or buy'em.[later:] after posting this review I realize you actually download with book right from Goodreads!