Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future
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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future
By Cory Doctorow
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Book Description

Hailed by Bruce Sterling as “a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” the Internet’s favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics.

Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information—even if it’s just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3—he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and how to enjoy free e-books.

Practicing what he preaches, all of the author’s books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.

Print editions available via craphound.com.

Table of Contents
  • A word about this downloadable file:
  • Publication history and acknowledgments:
  • Dedication:
  • 1. Introduction by John Perry Barlow
  • 2. Microsoft Research DRM Talk
  • 3. The DRM Sausage Factory
  • 4. Happy Meal Toys versus Copyright: How America chose Hollywood and Wal-Mart, and why it's doomed us, and how we might survive anyway
  • 5. Why Is Hollywood Making A Sequel To The Napster Wars?
  • 6. You DO Like Reading Off a Computer Screen
  • 7. How Do You Protect Artists?
  • 8. It's the Information Economy, Stupid
  • 9. Downloads Give Amazon Jungle Fever
  • 10. What's the Most Important Right Creators Have?
  • 11. Giving it Away
  • 12. Science Fiction is the Only Literature People Care Enough About to Steal on the Internet
  • 13. How Copyright Broke
  • 14. In Praise of Fanfic
  • 15. Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia
  • 16. Amish for QWERTY
  • 17. Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books
  • 18. Free(konomic) E-books
  • 19. The Progressive Apocalypse and Other Futurismic Delights
  • 20. When the Singularity is More Than a Literary Device: An Interview with Futurist-Inventor Ray Kurzweil
  • 21. Wikipedia: a genuine Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy -- minus the editors
  • 22. Warhol is Turning in His Grave
  • 23. The Future of Ignoring Things
  • 24. Facebook's Faceplant
  • 25. The Future of Internet Immune Systems
  • 26. All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites
  • 27. READ CAREFULLY
  • 28. World of Democracycraft
  • 29. Snitchtown
  • 30. Hope you enjoyed it! The actual, physical object that corresponds to this book is superbly designed, portable, and makes a great gift:
  • 31. About the Author
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