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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
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Nov 25, 09

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bookshelves: 2009-reads, science-fiction, bookstore-online
Read in November, 2009

I loved the concept of "Whuffie" as a currency -- marks of esteem that those around you give you for what you do. Both a profound and scary concept at that. Those that have the most whuffie tend to be the ones who please the most people--good for getting along in society but not so good for experimentation/innovation since you don't really want the negative whuffie that a failure might engender.

Otherwise, this book has a nice theme about preserving nostalgic methodologies vs. informing/entertaining more people with progressive technologies. This takes place no other than Liberty Square in Disney World -- The Haunted House vs. The Hall of Presidents.

A good read, but one that I wanted to see more of the vagaries of the society that Doctorow created rather than the story itself.

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