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 - raschneid - 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 ... Read full review
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A collection of columns. Not bad, not great. Read full review
Not Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Why I Wont Buy an iPad and Think You Shouldnt Either
Can You Survive a Benevolent Dictatorship?
Curated Computing Is No Substitute for the Personal and Handmade
Doctorows First Law
Reports of Bloggings Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Streaming Will Never Stop Downloading
Search Is Too Important to Leave to One CompanyEven Google
What I Do
When Im Dead How Will My Loved Ones Break My Password?
A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web
When Love Is Harder to Show Than Hate
Think Like a Dandelion
Do It Yourself
New York Meet Silicon Valley
The Price Is Right
You Shouldnt Have to Sell Your Soul Just to Download Some Music
Its All About the Leverage
Intellectual Property Is a Silly Euphemism
Saying Information Wants to Be Free Does More Harm Than Good
Chris Andersons Free Adds Much to The Long Tail but Falls Short
Why Economics Condemns 3D to Be No More Than a Blockbuster Gimmick
Copyright Enforcers Should Learn Lessons from the War on Spam
Three Strikes and Youre Out
For Whom the Net Tolls
How Do You Know If Copyright Is Working?
What Do the Times Paywall Numbers Mean?
Persistence Pays Parasites
Like Teenagers Computers Are Built to Hook Up
A Modest Proposal
Personal Data Is as Hot as Nuclear Waste
Love the Machine Hate the Factory
Untouched by Human Hands
Close Enough for Rock n Roll
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