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Digital Barbarism

(2009)
A Writer's Manifesto
A non fiction book by

 
 
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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April 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto
Author(s): Mark Helprin
ISBN: 0-06-173311-3 / 978-0-06-173311-6 (USA edition)
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November 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto
Author(s): Mark Helprin
ISBN: 0-06-173312-1 / 978-0-06-173312-3 (USA edition)
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Title: Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto
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Title: Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto
Author(s): Mark Helprin
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Title: Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto
Author(s): Mark Helprin
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