Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

David Bollier


A attractive narrative heritage of the emergence of digital "free culture," from open-source software program and artistic Commons licenses to remixes and internet 2.0—in the culture of Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.

A international geared up round centralized regulate, strict highbrow estate rights, and hierarchies of credentialed specialists is less than siege. A extensively various order of society in response to open entry, decentralized creativity, collaborative intelligence, and inexpensive and straightforward sharing is ascendant. —from Viral Spiral

From unfastened and open-source software program, artistic Commons licenses, Wikipedia, remix tune and video mashups, peer construction, open technological know-how, open schooling, and open company, the area of electronic media has spawned a brand new "sharing financial system" that more and more competes with entrenched media giants.

Reporting from the guts of this "free tradition" circulation, journalist and activist David Bollier offers the 1st complete background of the try out by means of a world brigade of techies, attorneys, artists, musicians, scientists, businesspeople, innovators, and geeks of all stripes to create a electronic republic devoted to freedom and innovation. Viral Spiral—the time period Bollier cash to explain the almost-magical procedure in which web clients can come jointly to construct on-line commons and tools—brilliantly interweaves the disparate strands of this eclectic circulate. the tale describes significant technological advancements and pivotal felony struggles, in addition to attention-grabbing profiles of hacker Richard Stallman, copyright pupil Lawrence Lessig, and different colourful figures.

A milestone in reporting on the net by way of one among our prime media critics, Viral Spiral is for a person looking to take the entire degree of the recent electronic era.

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