One of the nice things about going around and giving talks about the book is that listeners offer up some good ideas about candidates for the “moose” for the Net. I was somewhat unsatisfied with my own choice — Wikipedia — in the book, and with good reason: though it is a good candidate for something “dazzling” on the Net (in the way that the moose was dazzling to those in the Old World), it doesn’t have the same “we need new thinking about things” quality that a good Moose should have. Of al
I’ll be giving another presentation about my book at the Jefferson Library at Monticello tomorrow (Wed. at 4 PM) — if you happen to be in the neighborhood, come on by. Obviously, it’s a wonderful place to be giving a talk about Jefferson, and I’m trying, at least, to match the grandeur of the place with a decent talk . . . I just found out a few days ago that Merrill Peterson, the longtime professor of history at UVA and the dean of living Jefferson scholars, passed away at the end of Septemb
Those of you in and around New York City might be interested in this talk I’m going to be giving at lunchtime this coming Thursday, Oct. 22. It’s co-sponsored by the Copyright Society of the US and the Internet Society’s NYC chapter, and is my (latest) attempt to get people to think about how we might fashion a copyright law for the Internet age that actually makes some sense (as opposed to the copyright law we actually have, which doesn’t). [Oh yeah, it's about my book - and why Jeffer
Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose is coming out soon, I’m told at Amazon.com . . . good news, I think; a little competition never hurt, and it does make me think there’s something in the zeitgeist in this moose story . . .
I’m with Randy Barnett on this: Sean Wilentz’ recently-published essay on Lincoln, historiography, politics (and many other things) is a magnificent piece of argumentative scholarship, well worth reading by anyone interested in Lincoln, US history, slavery, Thomas Jefferson, the Civil War, . . .
One issue – tangential, admittedly, to the main debates, but interesting and important nonetheless – caught my eye. Wilentz had some stinging criticisms of Henry Louis Gates’ recent book (Linc
. . . are here: Jefferson, cryptology, moose, and the Internet (Free Government Information blog)
Chris Gunderman (don’t panic! blog)
Ethan Zuckerman (My Heart’s in Accra blog) (and and earlier posting here, too)
Gerry Elman on Thomas Jefferson, patents, moose, and cyberspace mashup
Phillip Mueller, Shaping Network Society blog
Maira Kalman, over on the NY Times website, has put together a truly extraordinary piece (I’m not even sure what to call it — an essay with drawings? a pictorial thought-piece?) on Thomas Jefferson. Lovely and lyrical, and it captures something about the guy that’s difficult, sometimes, to capture in naked prose.
Jefferson’s undergoing a little bit of a public rehabilitation these days, it seems to me. I’m absurdly biased, I realize; I just spent 12 years of my life writi
Lessig gave one of his multimedia presentations on his interpretation of Jefferson’s moose, and what it means for the Internet - it’s posted here. Well worth a look — if you’ve never seen Lessig give one of these talks, they’re quite spectacular, just as theater if nothing else . . . and there’s always a great deal else besides.
And in case you haven’t seen them (and why would you have?), here are a bunch of reviews/comments/discussions about In Search of Jefferson’s Moose, gath
First, it turns out that Sen. Kerry’s read my book about Jefferson’s moose and the Net [see the last few paragraphs of this speech he gave to the Nat'l Cable and Telecommunications Association] [reprinted here]. Kerry, Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, said:
“I don’t intend to display a stuffed moose in the subcommittee’s hearing room. But I hope you will keep Jefferson’s moose in mind in the days ahead.”
And today brings th