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Jaron Lanier: open textbooks "appalling and preposterous"

Mar 11, 2010, 14:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg DeKoenigsberg)

"Jaron Lanier is certainly getting his share of press lately. His latest guest starring role: a rant in Monday's very special episode of L. Gordon Crozier's technology column for the Wall Street Journal. Seems like Lanier is becoming a go-to guy when one is in need of a sound bite denouncing "free culture" in all of its radical and dangerous forms.

"It's a perfect fit, too. To the world of traditional media, Lanier must seem like the perfect spokesmodel: the dreadlocked visionary who has journeyed for years in the virtual wilderness, and has now returned to warn us of our horrible dystopian future, in which all the creative souls of the world must deliver pizzas because no one values their genius. What we call a commons, Lanier calls "Digital Maoism".

"Nothing new to us in the open source world -- although it's been a while since anyone called us communists. With a straight face, anyway."

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