Hailed by Bruce Sterling as “a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” the Internet’s favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information—even if it's just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3—he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author's books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, a blogger, a columnist, and a technology activist. He is the coeditor of Boing Boing, and a Contributor to Make, The New York Times, Popular Science, and Wired. He is the author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, Overclocked, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town and was named one of Forbes Magazine's 2007 and 2008 Web Celebrities.
"Cory Doctorow straps on his miner's helmet and takes you deep into the caverns and underground rivers of pop culture." ?Neil Gaiman, author, American Gods
"Cory Doctorow is the apotheosis of what we talk about when we talk about the Web." “SF Site
"More than just insightful, brilliant, and to the point—it's also funny and fun to read." “Electronic Frontier Foundation
"We should all hope and trust that our culture has the guts and moxie to follow this guy. He's got a lot to tell us." “Bruce Sterling, author, Zeitgeist
"If all those Generation Z and proto-Singularity kids reading Doctorow's Little Brother also find their way to Content, this book may well become a classic." “mattselznick.com
"A nice collection of essays." “TeleReads
"The most articulate and accessible writer engaged in these topics." ?Time Out Chicago
"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