TheTankengine wrote:... He is a huge public supporter of some of the best projects/organizations in digital information freedom like Creative Commons, EFF, Open Rights Group and others. He also releases digital versions of his books for free at the same time as print, so that's pretty swell!
Especially with DRM being so young, the battle between proprietary and open information and so many people still being ignorant of how integral to the near future all of that truly is.
How many readers of this site couldn't be described as supporters of CC, EFF, etc.? For his major claim to e-fame to be that he famously endorses things... I'm not so sure I buy that. I mean, it might be factual, it's not that I'm contesting, it's the validity of what it represents that I take issue with. If I start a blog extolling the virtues of water, and just type about water a whole lot, (in this case, water being something that is obviously good
much like the EFF and Creative Commons) will I become known as a public supporter of water, and therefore worthy of reference? I hope not.
As for digital versions of his books, you'll get no argument from me. I like free things, as in beer as well as in liberty, as much as the next guy. Whether his books are worth what you'd be charged for otherwise (fanfic is free too) is a topic for another time. As an aside, I'm starting to fear that the boingboings of the world have started to (if not already) ruin(ed) William Gibson's writing, after having read Spook Country.
Regarding DRM, sure, that's an important battle to fight, not to eliminate DRM entirely (which would be folly, in my book) but to educate people about it. To remove DRM from the picture altogether would be a gross infringement upon the rights of the creators of digital media. For better or for worse, what we do the RIAA, we also do to Jimmy in his garage. I'd really like to see the DRM debate brought up as just that, a debate, rather than the flame-and-flack war it's been so far.
Just out of curiosity, let's see what Cory's last five posts on boingboing have been, their substance left to be discerned by the reader:
1. (In descending chronological order) "Droid Sans Mono, a sweet monospace font" The Doc shows us, as claimed, a sweet monospace font, and also mentions the text editor he uses. Sourced from "Joshua's delicious".
2. "Food company's annual report needs to be baked before reading" About a report that uses thermoreactive ink to make illustrations appear when the report is wrapped in foil and put in an oven. Sourced from Kottke.
3. "Last DC power in NYC to shut down" The last DC power station in New York is finally being shut down. Sourced from Kottke.
4. "History of photoshopping from 1860 to present day" Link to a website that has a set of images depicting photomanip throughout the ages. Sourced from Kottke.
5. "Indie film producer thanks pirates for downloading his movie" A forwarded e-mail from a director mentioning that Peer-to-peer and bittorrent distribution of pirated copies of his movies have increased hits on his website, same thanking people for distributing the movie this way. Sourced from Jeff Winkler, but apparently personally, not from his blog/site.
Learned readers may notice trends. Some would say these trends are what make Cory's stuff worth reading, that it's his personality that acts as a filter and allows the cool abundant on the internet to percolate up through to one easy-to-read website. I personally wish that he (and Xeni, and Mark) would just stop posting.