Digital Barbarism

Digital Barbarism

A Writer's Manifesto

Book - 2009
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Mark Helprin anticipated that his 2007 New York Times op-ed piece about the extension of the term of copyright would be received quietly, if not altogether overlooked. Within a week, the article had accumulated 750,000 angry comments. He was shocked by the breathtaking sense of entitlement demonstrated by the commenters, and appalled by the breadth, speed, and illogic of their responses. Helprin realized how drastically different this generation is from those before it. The Creative Commons movement and the copyright abolitionists, like the rest of their generation, were educated with a bias toward collaboration, which has led them to denigrate individual efforts and in turn fueled their sense of entitlement to the fruits of other people's labors. More important, their desire to "stick it" to the greedy corporate interests who control the production and distribution of intellectual property undermines not just the possibility of an independent literary culture but threatens the future of civilization itself.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061733116
Characteristics: xvii, 232 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 23, 2011

This book is confused, rambling, and would be funny in its self-absorption and grand prose if it weren't so tedious. Helprin should probably stick to fiction.
Your time will be better spent reading Lawrence Lessig's review of this book, The Solipsist and the Internet.


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