The 'politicians I would do' tag retrieves only this post. Really starting to doubt this whole semantic web thing, tbqh.
Brilliant. This piece could only be improved by finding out Mikanowski is some Araki Yasusada-like character.
'Brazil is the country of the future!'... just signing in, really... five years? Five years.
Mmm, even the more sociological critique seems to pre-suppose there's still some outside from which we can judge this. And Morozov arguing against the power of the net to eat your mind: straight whistling in the dark (while thinking of the screwdrivers).
'And not whaling but spouting'.
I love these and have no idea - other people's sports - but also always cheer for the whale.
Most disappointing clickthrough EVER.
Alan Rusbridger's the softest of touches for this crowd.
What can you do when a kindly old Aunt really wants to give it all away to a Bhagwan and, to be fair, he really has made her the happiest she's been in 20 years, far happier than her mean old husband ever did?
@Choire Sicha Yes, I shouldn't have generalised using this publisher as an example and I apologise for dragging them in. It's just I've recently seen the books of two people I know (ten quid paperbacks before the usual Amazon discounts) almost given away on the Kindle - 'get X for the price of a cup of coffee' &c - and can't escape the feeling that without all those people in the value chain sucking-up part of the book price there'll be fewer people invested in publishing and fewer people to care about books more than they care about a cup of coffee. So, while the author might earn a dollar or two more per book they'll have to earn it all on their own in a crowded and distracted attention economy.
So, an emotional reaction. In short: the record industry; I GOT THE FEAR!
@Choire Sicha I give you joy of being served and wish them well but can't get beyond the fact that the shift from book to e-publishing involves not an incremental race to the bottom but a sudden Wile.E.Coyote canyon fall. And then just when an author thinks it's over - their work has been reduced to its marginal cost - an anvil will hit them on the head. *walks away like a concertina*