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This book provides a very well researched history of "how digital parasites are destroying the culture business" but has zero to say about "how the culture business can fight back".
After a long, detailed history of digital piracy and the many attempts to deal with it, from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to Larry Lessing telling creators to just suck it up and "adapt or die", then he wraps it all up in the final chapter with the usual platitudes - the internet is a wonderful economic engine, we need to balance the freedom of information with the need to protect intellectual property ...blah, blah, blah. Gee, thanks for re-stating the obvious. Very disappointing.
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Great book for lovers of either business or contemporary culture books. This book is as much about the evolution of the internet as it is about media in the digital age. I think Mr. Levine's point about internet business models being built on "free content" that in reality is not free is right to the point. The culturee seems to be changing as businesses have discoved that free content is not self sustaining by the advertising model. Will customer attitudes toward "free content" evolve as well?
It is a really easy listen and keeps moving without getting bogged down in legislation and bureaucracy. Good narration. Not sure what problem that guy was having with an echo. May be his device...