“What Does it Mean to Keep The Internet Free?” with guest Cory Doctorow

 

Portrait by Jonathan Worth: HTTP://JONATHANWORTH.COM

ORIGINALLY RECORDED May 1, 2019
ORIGINALLY broadcast May 12, 2019

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The internet has become central to our way of life, but how much do we know about it? Is it really the free-for-all we claim it is, or is it actually dominated by a few voices? Is the Web just a vehicle for commerce or is it the most innovate platform for art every created? In this wide-ranging discussion Why? Radio host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Cory Doctorow investigate the economics, politics, technology, and future of the internet. From Marxian analyses to a discussion of the predictability of science fiction, this conversation will change the way you think about the internet. It will inspire you to ask whether the internet is really different from what has come before it or if it’s just another vehicle for the same human problems we’ve had all along.

Cory Doctorow is a novelist, activist and journalist. Co-editor of BoingBoing, one of the internet’s biggest blogs, Cory has written numerous books including Information Doesn’t Want to be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, and, most recently, Radicalized. His personal blog can be found here and an index of his posts on BoingBoing can be found here.

You can find a scanned version of the magazine mentioned in the monologue here, at PQED, host Jack Russell Weinstein’s blog. 


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