Context (Google eBook)
One of the Web’s most celebrated high-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow’s visions of a future where artists have full freedom of expression is tempered with his understanding that creators need to benefit from their own creations. From extolling the Etsy makerverse to excoriating Apple for dumbing down technology while creating an information monopoly, each unique piece is brief, witty, and at the cutting edge of tech. Now a stay-at-home dad as well as an international activist, Doctorow writes as eloquently about creating real-time Internet theater with his daughter as he does while lambasting the corporations that want to profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Not so much brain candy as brain popcorn - Doctorow, as a blogger/columnist, writes very short-form essays and while they contain great ideas, they can only have so much substance. However, still totally enjoyable and what I assume is a pretty good introduction to his non-fiction work (I wonder if his first collection of essays wouldn't be better, but the library has just bought this one so far). I'm glad that such cool people are thinking hard about the intersection of culture and technology (and moreover, acting on their beliefs as artists - Doctorow releases all his novel under Creative Commons licenses). I will definitely be adding him to my collection of information science-y blogs and checking out his novels.
Review: Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st CenturyUser Review - Goodreads
Ever since reading Little Brother and Homeland, I have been a fan of Cory Doctorow. After reading these books I wanted to read more. I asked my librarian what she recommended. I eventually settled on ...