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

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

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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.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #419666 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Tachyon Publications
  • Published on: 2008-09-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.94" h x .65" w x 5.04" l, .48 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 213 pages

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  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
Doctorow here proves he’s smart, funny, and good at accessibly boiling down issues he’s passionate about. On topics ranging from fanfic (readers’ additions to their favorite authors’ creations, usually online) to the terrible business model Microsoft presents by treating customers like potential thieves from the beginning, Doctorow moves to the forefront of conversations likely to determine how creators and audiences are able to use new technologies. He compares Internet content-management problems to similar technological snafus—such as the transition from live performance to radio, and from manuscript to printed books—and how the established order of the day reacted, demonstrating his grasp of the ways in which history repeats itself and how we can use the lessons of history to cope with further changes in the exchange of information. Doctorow excels in writing short forms, the essay no less than the short story, making this collection a pleasure to read, not to mention thought-provoking. --Regina Schroeder

Review

“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

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.


Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4was a gift for my son
By John Jensen
I bought this book a couple years ago and enjoyed the author's writing.

My son is now involved in film-making and editing for an add agency in LA. Since "content" is a broad issue that involves his own work I sent it to him for whatever relevance it may have. But, a lot of water has gone under the bridge since Doctorow wrote this one. Just the same, it serves as a marker for what "content" was recently all about,and those in the business of knowing may need that marker for making judgements now or in the future.

john jensen

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
4Great overview of Doctorow's non-fiction work
By Ken Kennedy
Excellent way for someone relatively new to Cory's non-fiction to come up to speed quickly. A great overview of his thoughts on copyright, the Internet, and society. And even if you're a dyed-in-the-wool True Fan (like me), you'll probably find something new, and you'll definitely enjoy having the essays collected in one place. His Microsoft DRM essay is included, which is a favorite of mine. Well worth picking up if you have any interest whatsoever in topics like the future of copyright, media and the Internet, etc.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Cory's book is a great resource on DRM and copyright problems.
By FrankT
I've read or seen most of the material in this book online and am a big fan of Cory's work. I thought this would be a great resource to have instead of a bunch of print outs or bookmarks. Cory Doctorow has some of the best thought out arguments against DRM and for digital freedoms, pointing out tons of interesting historical examples along the way. Great read!

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