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“Here’s one chord, here’s two more, now form your own band.”
In a 2.0 world, doing-it-yourself does not seem that radical anymore. Anyone can be published author on the web. You can jump onto Blogger and in a few minutes have a powerful web publishing platform up ...more
RWD magazine founding editor-in-chief Matt Mason suggests that at the heart of innovation lies an intersection of piracy, youth and business, and concludes piracy to be just another business model. Given this, the dilemma should not be about how we compete against pirates and how we treat them but becomes more about how we can become better by recognising and capitalising on pirat ...more
The part I found most profound was how marketers nowadays are quickly latching on to the latest fad/'in-thing' as a way to connect with their consumers which I think is a terrible thing to do (and this coming from an ad person). That latest fad or craze could've have become part of modern culture but instead it becomes commercialized. Instead of ...more
Okay, folks, get ready for a rather lengthy review of The Pirate’s Dilemma, or rather, a brief review of Matt Mason’s book, followed by a more extended discussion of some of the ideas contained therein as they relate to two recent DC Bar-sponsored p ...more
The first few chapters while interesting seemed to rub me up the wrong way initially, portraying the punk scene as a new free economic force paving the way for the do it yourself freedo ...more
Most of the book consists of examples of (generally youth-oriented) subcultures that developed into major commercial or cultural successes. Mason's examples include punk (focusing on its D.I.Y. ethos as an example of the pirate spirit), hip-hop, early disco, etc. All of these subcultures were created and expanded outside of the mainstream before being absorbed or incorporated (some would sa ...more
The opening situation in the book is of a guy silencing all radios within a 30 foot radius of his car, using a modified iTrip. It silences an annoying boomb ...more
I was hoping for more historica ...more
This felt more like a collection of (extremely coherent and admirably self-referential) essays than a wiggle compelling narrative, although I did appreciate the author's nuanced understanding of piracy. The only real watchout is the length of the chapters; each one is incredibly dense and completely worthy of a measured, focused read, although it's hard to describe a book as faulty when in reality I may well have just read it too fast.
From flash mobs, to underground music, pirate radio, and punk capitalism, Mason shows how youth culture is turning the tables on traditional concepts of adve ...more
Reading this book made me want to grab the can of spra ...more