The question paramount to many today is not how to make information free or how to connect with others. Rather, the main challenge is how to manage and filter the information now available, especially how that information can be used and to whom it belongs. Acknowledging that social networking and Internet information exchange are facts of modern life, "Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children" dives into modern issues surrounding the ownership of information and its impact on artistic freedom. The book examines the current copyright landscape and its historical influences, as well as the history of the attitudes and philosophies of American's to "ownership." A particular focus is the current debate concerning copyright law and free culture, including file sharing lawsuits, the current status of copyright laws, the Creative Commons, the origins of copyright laws, and the Internet's influence on philosophies of ownership.
In the competing traditions of Marshall McLuhan and Langdon Winner, authors Aaron Barlow and Robert Leston take readers on a revealing tour of the Internet after the explosion of the blogosphere and social media. In the world Beyond the Blogosphere, information has surpassed its limits, the distinction between public and private selves has collapsed, information is more untrustworthy than it ever was before, and technology has exhibited a growth and a desire that may soon exceed human control.
As Langdon Winner pointed out long ago, "tools have politics." In an eye-opening journey that navigates the nuances of the cultural impact the internet is having on daily life, Barlow and Leston examine the culture of participation in order to urge others to reconsider the view that the Internet is merely a platform or a set of tools that humans use to suit their own desires. Provocative and engaging, Beyond the Blogosphere stands as a challenge on how to rethink the Internet so that it doesn't out-think us.
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