Via David Bollier:
Dear Friends of the Commons,
I am pleased to report that my new book, Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own, has been published by New Press. For more info -- and downloads of a Creative Commons-licensed version -- you may go to www.viralspiral.cc. Printed copies are available for purchase from the usual stores and online retailers.
A stunning narrative history of the rise of the digital commons
— and why it matters to our economy, culture and democracy.
If you look closely, you can see the new "sharing economy" emerging. Ordinary people are using digital technologies to invent diverse sorts of commons, a new paradigm for generating individual and community wealth. This bottom-up revolution can be seen in free and open source software, Creative Commons licenses, Wikipedia, remix music, amateur videos and fascinating innovations in open science, open education and "open business." Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and activist David Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the commoners' struggle to invent a new digital republic — a realm that honors freedom, participation, social equity and innovation.
"A thoroughly delightful and penetrating analysis of the different twists and turns made in creating our current digital commons."
—JOHN SEELY BROWN,
co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
and former director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
"For the netizen who wants to navigate the turmoil of the digital republic,
Viral Spiral shows how free we can actually make culture in our media-drenched information society."
—PAUL D. MILLER, aka DJ Spooky
"David Bollier's masterful work brings clarity and understanding in the epic struggle to secure the blessings of freedom in cyberspace for ourselves and our posterity. You need this book, and the commons needs you."
"Viral Spiral weaves a rich tapestry, depicting the rise of the idea of the commons and the emergence of the information commons in wonderful detail, from the perspective of a highly sympathetic observer."
—YOCHAI BENKLER, professor at Harvard Law School and
the author of The Wealth of Networks
David BollierDAVID BOLLIER has worked for twenty-five years as a journalist, activist, and public policy analyst. He is editor of OntheCommons.org and cofounder of Public Knowledge, a public interest advocacy organization dedicated to defending the information commons. He is also Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication. Bollier is the author of numerous highly praised books, including Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture and Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth.
Learn more at ViralSpiral.cc
The New Press, www.thenewpress.com.