‘TIS A GLORIOUS THING, TO BE A PIRATE KING

A provocatively titled op-ed recently published by the New York Times, “Internet Pirates Will Always Win,” urges content providers to give up the legal fight against online copyright infringement as an exercise in futility, as new technologies make illegal downloading and streaming ever “harder to trace and to stop.”   The piece has prompted predictable responses from representatives of copyright industries, with arguments moral and economic.  May I add a little history, drawn from my book, Unfair to Genius, to the mix? (more…)

SWITCHED-ON SEARCH

I should, and will, be posting on Google’s mounting antitrust problems and on the status of its attempt to corner the book search market, but today I am utterly transfixed by the functional Moog Synthesizer that Google has placed on its home page, in honor of what would have been Robert Moog’s 78th birthday.  (What’s so special about round numbers anyway?)

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TOM FRIEDMAN KISS OF DEATH WATCH: ELITE ONLINE HIGHER EDUCATION

Like many aging baby boomers who still like their music to come in “albums” and literature in “books,” I am often overwhelmed by the pace of technological change. But I remain determined not to become as dated as my grandparents and parents seemed when they reached the other side of middle age, still referring in the present tense to  the “Victrola.”  Sometimes I wish I had a personal assistant who could guide me through the shoals of rapdily changing trends and memes, keeping me focused on those that indeed will matter.  Fortunately, I have found a reasonable, if contrarian, proxy in New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.  His most emphatic exhortations to pay attention have proven to be an almost infallible guide to what can safely be ignored.

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