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20 NOVEMBER 2016

Alex Gendler: how to recognize a dystopia

"The genre of dystopia – the 'not good place'– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal shape."

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Simon Perkins
08 MAY 2009

Collaboration is the new revolution

"The cooperative spirit that infused the open source movement is now in expansive mood, as people and corporations collaborate on music, science, architecture, knowledge, video sites such as YouTube and social networks, including MySpace, Facebook and Bebo.

There is now more cause for celebration, following what is regarded as a milestone victory in the US courts last week. It probably will not mean much to anyone else but it gives added legal protection to works created using open source. Professor Larry Lessig, one of the leading internet lawyers, said: "This is a very important victory." One of the interesting things about the collaborative movement is that it is probably recession–proof, though you won't see it in economic statistics because it mostly does not involve cash transactions. Wikipedia does not appear directly in GDP or inflation figures, but it adds to our wealth and has made rival encyclopedias come down in price."
(The Guardian, Monday 18 August 2008)

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authorship • cooperative spirit • Firefox • Larry Lessig • lawlegalLinux • One Laptop Per Child • open sourceownershipremix culturesocial softwareThomas MoreUKutopiaWikipedia

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Simon Perkins
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