Read this. Now.

The Meme Hustler is the best thing I’ve read all year, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s a hatchet job on Tim O’Reilly, basically, but it’s a really good one, and it winds up being much more profound than that. Really, just go read it right now.

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  1. DaTo
    DaTo April 7, 2013 at 5:22 am | | Reply

    Indeed an interesting read, thanks for linking.

    It’s like a VERY long version of an article from “The Register” bemoaning “web 2.0rhea”.

    About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evgeny_Morozov

    I don’t get the author’s problem with the “open sourcers” as opposed to the GPLers though. Does he think that GPLed software would not allow Google to hoover up data about your online behaviour? There is nothing in the GPL license that says anything about that. You can use LibreOffice Calc to manage your death camp, no problemo. There are no problems with copyright licensing schemes X and Y (a false dichotomy), there are problems with patenting ideas.

    Also…

    “the Randian entrepreneur, who must be left to innovate, undisturbed by laws and ethics”

    I actually wish that guy falls down stairs and breaks a collarbone. Ethics is pretty much at the core of the “Randian entrepreneur”. One may disagree with them as they put “think of yourself and don’t be an sucker” at the center (a stance not often considered politically correct by the useful innocents and relentlessly criticized by the sociopaths in charge … “have another ‘solidarity tax’”), but they *are* there.

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