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The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig
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Oct 13, 08

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Read in July, 2008

I think this is the book where Lessig truly became one of the most essential public intellectuals of our time. Reading it in 2008, years after its initial release, it has turned out to be stunningly prescient. He writes about the social, economic, and political ramifications of our misguided intellectual property and technology policy with clarity and wit here.

This is probably the most essential of Lessig's three books. Code 2.0 can be pedagogic at times and Free Culture is the work of a defeated, discouraged warrior. I still highly recommend both, but if you have to pick only one of Lessig's books, this is it.

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