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Kim

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  • Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    World-renowned novelist Mark Helprin offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language, and collectivist bias against the rights of individual creators.

    mosselyn says: "Ranting, raving, and rambling"
    "Ranting, raving, and rambling"
    Overall

    I purchased this book because I'm interested in learning more about the copyright debate. Who better than an author to argue the pro side? Almost anyone, apparently.

    Though Helprin has some good points to make, they're hard to filter out from the stream of invective. In much of the book, he comes across as no better than the "mouth-breather" army of internet "ants" he decries. There are also significant chunks of the book that seem to have nothing to do with the topic, such as a long, rambling discussion of convergence, near the end. Helprin rarely uses one word when 10 will, with a few asides thrown in for good measure.

    All in all, very disappointing. Seek elsewhere for a reasoned discussion of the pro-copyright argument.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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