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One of the Webs most celebrated high-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorows 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 real-time Internet theater with his daughter as he does while lambasting the corporations that want to profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.

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"Doctorow (who writes a column for Publishers Weekly) has aroused controversies in the past by making free downloads of his books (Little Brother; Content) available at the same time they are sold in stores, and he has lectured and written widely on copyright issues. Now he delivers a collection of his past print and online essays from the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Locus, and other publications. As tech publisher O'Reilly notes in the foreword, 'Cory helps us make sense of the world that is unfolding.... He is passionate about the potential of technology to build a better world, and evangelical about our responsibility to make it so.' The 40-plus short essays chart myriad pathways into the future — including devilish devices, copyright confusions, sex in YA novels, the spam wars (antispam vs. spam), music downloading, techno-thrillers, the book publishing industry, and e-book readers. In 'What I Do' he recommends hardware, software, phones, and e-mail programs. He loves the 'hundred delights' of the Internet, but not when it's a distraction: 'Don't research,' he tells writers, because it can become 'an endless click-trance that will turn your 20 minutes of composing into a half-day's idyll through the web.' He questions the power of Google: 'It may seem as unlikely as a publicly edited encyclopedia, but the internet needs a publicly controlled search.' With straight-arrow succinctness, Doctorow makes the complicated accessible throughout this great little guidebook, a GPS for the digital age." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, a blogger, a columnist, and a technology activist. He is the author of Content; Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom; Eastern Standard Tribe; Overclocked; and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town and the coeditor of the website Boing Boing. His work has appeared in Make, the New York Times, Popular Science, and Wired, and he was named one of Forbes Magazine's 2007 and 2008 Web Celebrities.

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ISBN:
9781616960483
Author:
Doctorow, Cory
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Author:
O'Reilly, Tim
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Sociology -- essays.
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Doctorow (who writes a column for Publishers Weekly) has aroused controversies in the past by making free downloads of his books (Little Brother; Content) available at the same time they are sold in stores, and he has lectured and written widely on copyright issues. Now he delivers a collection of his past print and online essays from the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Locus, and other publications. As tech publisher O'Reilly notes in the foreword, 'Cory helps us make sense of the world that is unfolding.... He is passionate about the potential of technology to build a better world, and evangelical about our responsibility to make it so.' The 40-plus short essays chart myriad pathways into the future — including devilish devices, copyright confusions, sex in YA novels, the spam wars (antispam vs. spam), music downloading, techno-thrillers, the book publishing industry, and e-book readers. In 'What I Do' he recommends hardware, software, phones, and e-mail programs. He loves the 'hundred delights' of the Internet, but not when it's a distraction: 'Don't research,' he tells writers, because it can become 'an endless click-trance that will turn your 20 minutes of composing into a half-day's idyll through the web.' He questions the power of Google: 'It may seem as unlikely as a publicly edited encyclopedia, but the internet needs a publicly controlled search.' With straight-arrow succinctness, Doctorow makes the complicated accessible throughout this great little guidebook, a GPS for the digital age." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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