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By Cory Doctorow
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One of the internet’s most celebrated hi-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 internet, real-time theater with his daughter as he does in lambasting the corporations that want to limit and profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.

Available for purchase in print via Craphound.com

Table of Contents
  • Foreword by Tim O’Reilly
  • Jack and the Interstalk: Why the Computer Is Not a Scary Monster
  • Teen Sex
  • Nature’s Daredevils: Writing for Young Audiences
  • Beyond Censorware: Teaching Web Literacy
  • Writing in the Age of Distraction
  • Extreme Geek
  • How to Stop Your Inbox Exploding
  • What I Do
  • When I’m Dead, How Will My Loved Ones Break My Password?
  • Radical Presentism
  • A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web
  • When Love Is Harder to Show Than Hate
  • Think Like a Dandelion
  • Digital Licensing: Do It Yourself
  • New York, Meet Silicon Valley
  • With a Little Help: The Price Is Right
  • You Shouldn’t Have to Sell Your Soul Just to Download Some Music
  • Net Neutrality for Writers: It’s All About the Leverage
  • Proprietary Interest
  • “Intellectual Property” Is a Silly Euphemism
  • Saying Information Wants to Be Free Does More Harm Than Good
  • Chris Anderson’s Free Adds Much to The Long Tail, but Falls Short
  • Why Economics Condemns 3D to Be No More Than a Blockbuster Gimmick
  • Not Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
  • Why I Won’t Buy an iPad (and Think You Shouldn’t, Either)
  • Can You Survive a Benevolent Dictatorship?
  • Curated Computing Is No Substitute for the Personal and Handmade
  • Doctorow’s First Law
  • Reports of Blogging’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
  • Streaming Will Never Stop Downloading
  • Search Is Too Important to Leave to One Company—Even Google
  • Copyright Enforcers Should Learn Lessons from the War on Spam
  • Warning to All Copyright Enforcers: Three Strikes and You’re Out
  • For Whom the Net Tolls
  • How Do You Know If Copyright Is Working?
  • News Corp Kremlinology: What Do the Times Paywall Numbers Mean?
  • Persistence Pays Parasites
  • Like Teenagers, Computers Are Built to Hook Up
  • Promoting Statistical Literacy: A Modest Proposal
  • Personal Data Is as Hot as Nuclear Waste
  • Memento Mori
  • Love the Machine, Hate the Factory
  • Untouched by Human Hands
  • Close Enough for Rock ’n’ Roll
  • Author Biography
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