Cory Doctorow: Express yourself

dottavi —  6 March 2009 — 1 Comment

Lunga intervista, stamane, a Cory Doctorow, “science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist, co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (“a directory of [really] wonderful things” ;), contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times and many others, and former Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties)”, in Italia per il Meet The Media Guru di stasera (ehi! ingresso libero, se riuscite a entrare!).

Cory parla in maniera appassionata e divertente di libertà di informazione in Rete, peer to peer e open source, media industry, of course blogging, Make e steampunk, e molto altro. Abbiamo registrato un video che pubblicherò quanto prima. Intanto qualche pillola (da prendere “as is”, per ora).

Sul problema dei contenuti in Rete, e di come retribuirli:

We [as authors, producers etc] are succeeding in expressing ourselves and connecting with audiences in a way that we never had before. The Internet hasn’t solved the money problem, and neither had the record industry [with strict copyright-protection policies like DRM, ndr]. But solved the distribution problem, the audience problem, the self-expression problem in a way that music industry could never do.

Monetizzazione dei contenuti:

Doing a blog, you write exactly what you are interested in. That’s the opposite of doing a magazine. And we did Boingboing for free for many years, before entering some advertisement.


It is the most famous blog in a world called “Boingboing” :)


A blog is more like a container for a lot of different kinds of activity, than a kind of activity in itself. Maintaining a blog is like polishing house when your mother comes in. It helps you to learn, study, remember, etc.

E infine gli ho chiesto il perché di Fibonacci nel nome di sua figlia:

She has four names: Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus. The first is for poetry; the second refers to Emmeline Pankhurst, the woman who fought for the right to vote for women in England; Fibonacci is the mathematician, for hard science, physics and maths; Nautilus from Jules Verne, for soft sciences and nature sciences.

Intrigante. A presto per gli aggiornamenti.

PS Altri spunti interessanti in questo articolo su VisionPost.

PPS Thnx to Maria Grazia Mattei e Lucia Tubaro for the opportunity


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