Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
Tachyon Publications, 9781892391810, 213pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2008
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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 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.
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.
Praise For Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future…
"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
"Cory Doctorow straps on his miner's helmet and takes you deep into the caverns and underground rivers of pop culture."
Neil Gaiman, author, American Gods
"We should all hope and trust that our culture has the guts and moxie to follow this guy. He's got a lot to tell us." Bruce Sterling, author, Zeitgeist
"Cory Doctorow is the apotheosis of what we talk about when we talk about the Web." SF Site
"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." mattselznick.com
"The most articulate and accessible writer engaged in these topics." Time Out Chicago
"A nice collection of essays." TeleReads
"More than just insightful, brilliant, and to the pointit's also funny and fun to read." Electronic Frontier Foundation