• Digital Barbarism

  • A Writer's Manifesto
  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-15-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

World-renowned novelist Mark Helprin 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. Mark Helprin anticipated that his 2007 New York Times op-ed piece about the extension of the term of copyright would be received quietly, if not altogether overlooked. Within a week, the article had accumulated 750,000 angry comments. He was shocked by the breathtaking sense of entitlement demonstrated by the commenters, and appalled by the breadth, speed, and illogic of their responses.Helprin realized how drastically different this generation is from those before it. The Creative Commons movement and the copyright abolitionists, like the rest of their generation, were educated with a modern bias toward collaboration, which has led them to denigrate individual efforts and in turn fueled their sense of entitlement to the fruits of other people's labors. More important, their selfish desire to "stick it" to the greedy corporate interests who control the production and distribution of intellectual property undermines not just the possibility of an independent literary culture but threatens the future of civilization itself.
©2009 Mark Helprin; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-10-09

An writer makes his own case

This book is written with all of the brilliance in language and turn of phrase thak characterizes his fiction. Good thing, too, because as such it is an illustration of the improtance of supporting literary creativity. More than simply advancing his cause, he makes you think about where we are headed with the digital revolution. Now that I've read it, I'm going to get the book so I can slowly savor some of his brillaint insights.
Listen to your Grandpa, you might learn something.

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By mosselyn on 10-20-10

Ranting, raving, and rambling

I purchased this book because I'm interested in learning more about the copyright debate. Who better than an author to argue the pro side? Almost anyone, apparently.

Though Helprin has some good points to make, they're hard to filter out from the stream of invective. In much of the book, he comes across as no better than the "mouth-breather" army of internet "ants" he decries. There are also significant chunks of the book that seem to have nothing to do with the topic, such as a long, rambling discussion of convergence, near the end. Helprin rarely uses one word when 10 will, with a few asides thrown in for good measure.

All in all, very disappointing. Seek elsewhere for a reasoned discussion of the pro-copyright argument.

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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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