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Digital Barbarism

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Novelist 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 from individuals of the internet generation, who banded together out of a common desire to abolish copyright, primarily so they can obtain and share music and software for free. Shocked by their breathtaking sense of entitlement and appalled by the breadth, speed, and illogic of their response, Helprin realized how drastically different this generation is from those before it. 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 importantly, their selfish desire to 'stick it' to the greedy corporate interests who control the production and distribution of intellectual property leads them to seek to overturn the vital legal protections built up over centuries. Offering a ringing defense of the individual voice and its hard-won legal protections in the age of digital culture while attacking that culture for degrading the thought and language of an entire generation.

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“A strange, wondrous, challenging, enriching book….Beautiful and powerful…you will not encounter another book like it.”

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In Digital Barbarism, bestselling novelist Mark Helprin (Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War) 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. A timely, cogent, and important attack on the popular Creative Commons movement, Digital Barbarism provides rational, witty, and supremely wise support for the individual voice and its hard-won legal protections.

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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.

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Book Description Harper May 2009, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Novelist Mark Helprin takes deadly aim at the dark side of the digital age, arguing that it's not simply our attention spans, literary standards, and morality that are at stake in an Internet-driven world, but the future of culture itself. The springboard for his tirade is a seemingly minor issue (extending the terms of copyright law) that, at first glance, pits two individual 'freedoms' against each other: the right to freely access material controlled by corporations vs. the right to protect the fruits of one's creative labors. Part memoir, part account of his battles with anonymous Internet foes (and thus a harsh critique of cyberspace's assult on civil discourse), Helprin, author of A Soldier of the Great War, eloquently calls upon our love for T. S. Eliot's 'permanent things.' 'By insistence upon unhindered access without regard for rights and incentives that have been carefully balanced over centuries, the hurried new order will diminish the substance over which it demands sovereignty. It will have its access, but, as time passes, to less and less, and eventually perhaps to almost nothing.The past may be brilliantly cataloged and made accessible as never before, but at the cost of making the culture of the present relatively barren.' Well said, and well worth reading by every skeptic of that new order. Bookseller Inventory # 66906

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