Moral Ambiguity? Claim Of Sexual Assault Versus Copyright Infringement

On Thursday, the Facebook section of the Internet demonstrated pitchfork mentality towards one Judith Griggs, who had allegedly asserted that content on the Web is public domain. On Friday, Google tech writer Noirin Shirley accused Google engineer Florian Leibert of sexual assult at an after-hours party during ApacheCon in Atlanta. Guess where the pitchforks were aimed this time? Blog post commenters and tweets attacked both Shirley and Leiber. Full story at @Storify. This post is here for comments.continue reading →

On Internet Censorship: ACTA and COICA

Here's the money quote: For much of the 20th century, oligarchs have made bucket-loads of money by being able to monetize culture through increasingly-generous copyright protections (every time Mickey Mouse was about to lose his, critics contend). They will not give up those cash cows quietly, even as digital technologies render their opposition moot, in the long run. Also posted at Newsvine.continue reading →

William Gibson On Reading

In response to a question from the audience at the first public reading from Zero History, William Gibson (@greatdismal) riffed on the importance of reading: Q: Tomorrow is the first day of high school around here, and I'll be teaching 14-and 15-year olds language arts. I was just wondering [what] you would say to young people about the importance of reading... A: Oh, dear. [Audience laughter.] Well, it's difficult. That's a good question, a tough question. It's ... such a huge thing for me, that it's really a stretch for me to imagine its opposite. And that makes it difficult for me. Think kids. These black marks on this white paper? It'll make you have really intense CG-like experiences [audience laughter] in your head. But only when you've learned to interpret them within an extremely rigid and complicated [set of] rules. And you'll then have to be introduced into the…continue reading →