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Entries from June 2012

What’s Wrong With Prometheus (a Partial List)

June 11th, 2012 · 432 Comments

The only possible explanation is that Ridley Scott has a Duke Brothers–style bet running with George Lucas: Who can produce the most crushingly disappointing prequel to a beloved classic of late-70s science fiction cinema? There’s no other way to account for the tedious, incoherent two hour train wreck that is Prometheus—a film whose powerhouse ensemble cast […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Protectionism Against the Past (or: Why are Copyright Terms so Long?)

June 5th, 2012 · 29 Comments

Under current law, this blog post will remain under copyright until 70 years after my death—which if I’m lucky means a century or more from the date of authorship. That’s an insanely long time when you consider that most economic studies have shown there’s almost no marginal incentive effect on production once you extend copyright […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Tech and Tech Policy

Men Did Invent the Internet (and That’s a Huge Problem)

June 5th, 2012 · 43 Comments

Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin recently unleashed some righteous fury on the “steaming turd of an opening line in David Streitfeld’s otherwise serviceable New York Times piece about […] gender discrimination in Silicon Valley.” The offending line: “Men invented the Internet.” The thing is—and hold the rotten fruit, I’m going somewhere with this—that’s actually pretty accurate. […]

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Tags: Sociology · Tech and Tech Policy