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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future Paperback – September 15, 2008
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Come on Cory, make your next book a little less visionary and a little more about WRITING.
Doctorow has compiled essays covering an array of technological points, from drm to Facebook and many points in between. Some of the essays have redundant points on topics because they were written to discuss overlapping interest. My biggest take from this book is how as technology changes our world changes. Some try to hold on to what they have always known and there are a few innovators that continue to push us forward.
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.
Doctorow's an excellent non-fiction writer. Except for "Little Brother" and parts of "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town", I like this better than his other fiction books. Maybe it's the easy digestibility. Maybe it's his ability to bring up simple, valid points for complex situations and gives examples that I can use in my own arguments. Maybe it's that he's a geek like us, and he's concerned about geek issues, like copyright, DRM, and the changing ways we're getting information.
I recommend this book, mostly because it's free. Read a few essays, and see if you like it. Won't cost you a dime except your time.
The only issue I have with this collection is that it is a little repetitive, some rants being just reworkings of other ones.
Overall, a good, quick read, offering a fairly simplistic take on DRM in an amusing style.
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picked up the epub version from his site a few years back and finally got around to reading it. very well though out and packed full of "content".Published on September 10, 2012 by kc0nlh
I bought this as a gift for my brother and he loves it! Already read it twice. Ordering was so easy, and i had the book within 3 days- what could be better?Published on June 1, 2012 by bbmmrr
A great series of talks and essays on the problems of digital rights management and related IP issues. A very enjoyable read. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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