The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 8, 2008 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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It started with punk. Hip-hop, rave, graffiti, and gaming took it to another level, and now modern technology has made the ideas and innovations of youth culture increasingly intimate and increasingly global at the same time.

In The Pirate's Dilemma, VICE magazine's Matt Mason -- poised to become the Malcolm Gladwell of the iPod Generation -- brings the exuberance of a passionate music fan and the technological savvy of an IT wizard to the task of sorting through the changes brought about by the interface of pop culture and innovation. He charts the rise of various youth movements -- from pirate radio to remix culture -- and tracks their ripple effect throughout larger society. Mason brings a passion and a breadth of intelligence to questions such as the following: How did a male model who messed with disco records in the 1970s influence the way Boeing designs airplanes? Who was the nun who invented dance music, and how is her influence undermining capitalism as we know it? Did three high school kids who remixed Nazis into Smurfs in the 1980s change the future of the video game industry? Can hip-hop really bring about world peace? Each chapter crystallizes the idea behind one of these fringe movements and shows how it combined with technology to subvert old hierarchies and empower the individual.

With great wit and insight -- and a cast of characters that includes such icons as the Ramones, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Russell Simmons, and 50 Cent -- Mason uncovers the trends that have transformed countercultural scenes into burgeoning global industries and movements, ultimately changing our way of life.
  

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Review: The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism

User Review  - Ivan Manchev - Goodreads

This book is really a great deep study in the nature of innovation born out of youth culture. Beside telling the curious and less known stories behind some of the most influential innovations in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Poivree - Goodreads

Interesting history of recent and current popular culture. I had noticed that youth protest initiatives quickly become the content of commercials. Enormously creative young people have their ideas ... Read full review

Contents

Enter the Lollipop
1
The Tao of Pirates
33
We Invented the Remix
68
The Art of War
103
Boundaries
134
Real Talk
172
Ethernomics
202
The Pirates Dilemma Changing the Game Theory
231
Notes
245
Index
269
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Page 1 - The enigma is this: if our property can be infinitely reproduced and instantaneously distributed all over the planet without cost, without our knowledge, without its even leaving our possession, how can we protect it? How are we going to get paid for the work we do with our minds? And, if we can't get paid, what will assure the continued creation and distribution of such work?
Page 2 - ... bread and circuses" can compensate for the damage done— these are facts which are neither denied nor acknowledged but are met with an unbreakable conspiracy of silence— because to deny them would be too obviously absurd and to acknowledge them would condemn the central preoccupation of modern society as a crime against humanity.
Page 1 - If our property can be infinitely reproduced and instantaneously distributed all over the planet without cost, without our knowledge, without its even leaving our possession, how can we protect it? How are we going to get paid for the work we do with our minds? And, if we can't get paid, what will assure the continued creation and distribution of such work? Since we don't have a solution to what is a profoundly new kind of challenge, and are apparently unable to delay the...

About the author (2008)

MATT MASON is an award-winning writer, consultant, and entrepreneur based in New York City. He was the founding editor in chief of the underground fanzine RWD, which he helped grow into the U.K.’s number one urban music magazine and one of the world’s leading urban music websites.

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