- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846141206
- ISBN-13: 978-1846141201
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Pirate's Dilemma: How Hackers, Punk Capitalists, Graffiti Millionaires and Other Youth Movements are Remixing Our Culture and Changing Our World Paperback – 1 May 2008
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Pirates bring choice and cause change. In this stunning book, Matt Mason forgets the parrots and the eye patches, but manages to teach us all a great deal. I learned a lot (Seth Godin, Author Of The Business Bestseller Purple Cow )
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Mason puts his case energetically and with some interesting stories, but very little evidence other than a preoccupation with pop culture in general and hip-hop in particular. He is also prone to using incommensurable intellectual paradigms to flesh out his arguments: computer science is not genetics, but Mason wants us to read it in this way as a means of deepening the implications of an argument about the impact of digital technology on culture. They just aren't the same thing, and attempts to over-dramatize the situation look like arm-waving, despite the seriousness of the attempt to assert the value of the Pirates for everyone, especially those dependent on existing business models.
The interesting thing about books like this is that it reflects the fact that, as a culture, we are thinking about these issues very seriously now. The worst thing about them is they suggest the answers are already there, and this is patently not the case.
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