Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

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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 ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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“Doctorow here proves he’s smart, funny, and good at accessibly boiling down issues he’s passionate about.... [A] pleasure to read, not to mention thought-provoking.”
Booklist

“...more than just insightful, brilliant, and to the point—it’s also funny and fun to read.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation

“If you want to know what’s happening at the sharp end of digital publication and new ideas about the relationships between authors and their readers—do yourself a favour and listen to what he has to say.”
Mantex

Booklist
Doctorow here proves he's smart, funny, and good at accessibly boiling down issues he's passionate about . . . a pleasure to read, not to mention thought-provoking.
mattselznick.com
If all those Generation Z and proto-Singularity kids reading Doctorow's Little Brother also find their way to Content, this book may well become a classic.
Time Out Chicago
The most articulate and accessible writer engaged in these topics.
TeleReads
A nice collection of essays
Electronic Frontier Foundation
More than just insightful, brilliant, and to the point—it's also funny and fun to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391810
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cory Doctorow

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.
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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
Snitchtown     207
About the author     211
About the author of the Foreword     213
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