The Writers Guild of America West makes the case for media un-consolidation.

40 years ago, the Reagan administration decided that monopolies were good, actually. Rather than preventing the kinds of mega-mergers that increased corporate power (over workers, regulators, customers and competitors), Reagan decreed that monopolies were “efficient” and should be left alone.

40 years later, every one of our industries has consolidated…

Plus one I published!

A vast library.

This is more-or-less my last blogging day of 2021 (I may sneak a post or two in before the New Year, but I might not), so it’s time for my annual roundup of my book reviews from the year gone by. I’ve sorted this year’s books by genre (sf/f, other…

2001, 2011, 2016, 2020.

#20yrsago Busting the WSJ’s FUD on open 802.11 networks https://web.archive.org/web/20020111221354/80211b.weblogger.com/discuss/msgReader$178

#20yrsago The post-PC interface https://web.archive.org/web/20020118162540/http://www.nooface.net/

#10yrsago Petition to get a pardon for Turing’s “gross indecency” conviction https://web.archive.org/web/20120110183548/https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/23526

#10yrsago Derek Kirk Kim’s Same Difference: slacker Korean-American kids come of age in the Bay Area https://memex.craphound.com/2011/12/07/derek-kirk-kims-same-difference-slacker-korean-american-kids-come-of-age-in-the-bay-area/

2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2020.

#20yrsago Chris Raettig on KPMG’s linking legal threats https://web.archive.org/web/20020207141547/http://chris.raettig.org/email/jnl00040.html

#15yrsago Canada’s documentaries lost to copyright https://web.archive.org/web/20061209003316/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061206.wxcopyright06/BNStory/Entertainment/home

#10yrsago Business Software Alliance fractures over SOPA support https://www.cnet.com/news/kaspersky-dumps-trade-group-over-sopa/

#10yrsago Planesrunner: Ian McDonald’s YA debut is full of action-packed multidimensional cool, airships, electropunk and quantum physics https://memex.craphound.com/2011/12/06/planesrunner-ian-mcdonalds-ya-debut-is-full-of-action-packed-multidimensional-cool-airships-electropunk-and-quantum-physics/

The real vaccine denial is coming from inside the house

The Earth, floating in space, with its southern hemisphere in flames; it is being irradiated by a beam-weapon fired by a Death Star-style coronavirus molecule, bearing the Pfizer logo.

Has the omicron variant — and the prospect of more variants to come, with attendant lockdowns, shutdowns, cancellations and, of course, mass deaths — got you furious?

Yeah, me too.

And like the saying goes, this is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Every time a virus reproduces in a human…

2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2020.

#20yrsago KPMG defends legal threats over links https://www.wired.com/2001/12/big-stink-over-a-simple-link/

#15yrsago Homeless kid in Second Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOz2x9cYUhQ

#15yrsago Warner Music CEO: before selling the company, I stole all its music https://www.reuters.com/article/us-media-summit-leisure-factbox/factbox-big-media-execs-like-ipods-movies-idUSN0137020920061201

#15yrsago New Zealand to get the DMCA?

Cory Doctorow

Writer, blogger, activist. Blog: https://pluralistic.net; Mailing list: https://pluralistic.net/plura-list; Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctorow

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