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Digital Barbarism : A Writer's Manifesto

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"A strange, wondrous, challenging, enriching book....Beautiful and powerful...you will not encounter another book like it." --National Review online In Digital Barbarism, bestselling novelist Mark Helprin (Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War) 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. A timely, cogent, and important attack on the popular Creative Commons movement, Digital Barbarism provides rational, witty, and supremely wise support for the individual voice and its hard-won legal protections.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061733121
  • 9780061733123
  • 1,138,122

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Mark Helprin anticipated thathis 2007 New York Times op-edpiece about the extension of theterm of copyright would be receivedquietly. instead, within a week, thearticle had generated 750,000angry comments. shocked by hisyoung critics' breathtaking senseof entitlement and appalled by thebreadth, speed, and illogic of theirarguments, Helprin realized howdrastically different this generationwas from those before it. theCreative Commons movement andthe copyright abolitionists havebeen educated with a modern biastoward collaboration, which hasled them to denigrate individualefforts. Digital Barbarism is Helprin'scogent, powerful, and passionateresponse to those whose selfishdesire to "stick it" to the "greedy"corporate interests controlling thedistribution of intellectual propertyundermines not just the possibilityof an independent literary culturebut threatens the future of civilizationitself.show more

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