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The anarchist in the library : how the clash between freedom and control is hacking the real world and crashing the system

Author: Siva Vaidhyanathan
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2004.
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"The recording industry has sued the music downloaders into submission, but as a model of communication, their effects still echo around the world. The proliferation of such peer-to-peer networks may appear to threaten many established institutions, and the backlash against them could be even worse than the problems they create. Their effects - good and bad - resonate far beyond markets for music. They are altering  Read more...
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Vaidhyanathan, Siva.
Anarchist in the library.
New York : Basic Books, c2004
(OCoLC)607052971
Online version:
Vaidhyanathan, Siva.
Anarchist in the library.
New York : Basic Books, c2004
(OCoLC)631278428
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Siva Vaidhyanathan
ISBN: 0465089844 9780465089840
OCLC Number: 53901452
Description: xvii, 253 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Public noises --
The ideology of peer-to-peer --
Hacking the currency --
The peer-to-peer revolution and the future of music --
A work in progress or the final edit? --
Imagineering --
Culture as anarchy --
The perfect library --
The anarchy and oligarchy of science and math --
The nation state versus networks --
The empire strikes back --
Conclusion : the heartbreak of oligarchy and anarchy.
Responsibility: Siva Vaidhyanathan.
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"The recording industry has sued the music downloaders into submission, but as a model of communication, their effects still echo around the world. The proliferation of such peer-to-peer networks may appear to threaten many established institutions, and the backlash against them could be even worse than the problems they create. Their effects - good and bad - resonate far beyond markets for music. They are altering our sense of the possible, extending our cultural and political imaginations." "Unregulated networks of communication have existed as long as gossip has. But with the rise of electronic communication, they are exponentially more important. And they are drawing the contours of a struggle over information that will determine much of the culture and politics of our century, from unauthorized fan edits of Star Wars to terrorist organizations' reliance on "leaderless resistance." The Anarchist in the Library is the first guide to one of the most important cultural and economic developments of our time."--Jacket.

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