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November 20, 2007

Harlan Ellison -- Live Like Him!

The ambivalence I feel in posting this here, of all places, should not be underestimated. But then I already have that running argument with the disgruntled miniature Samuel Johnson sitting on my shoulder and calling me a blockhead.

thanks to Steven Hart

Posted by smclemee at November 20, 2007 12:12 PM

COMMENTS

Thanks for posting it, nonetheless. I'll have to check out the film later.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at November 20, 2007 2:24 PM

For several naive years, I was hopeful of anything called a rant because of Harlan Ellison. Before Harlan, I never knew how affirming anger could be. After Harlan, a rant was reasoned, tenacious, and boisterous fun. A rant was more hit than miss, and the hits were deserved. After internet access, Harlan was the exception. That naivete went out with the cassette tape, but I still listen to Harlan. For better, or worse. [skipping the two minute intro doesn't hurt]

Posted by: Shane Taylor at November 20, 2007 7:49 PM

And of course you saw this op-ed column in today's New York Times in which a Silicon Valley webhead confesses the error of his libertarian ways: "Content strives to be free" means "screw the content provider."

"There's an almost religious belief in the Valley that charging for content is bad. The only business plan in sight is ever more advertising. One might ask what will be left to advertise once everyone is aggregated.

How long must creative people wait for the Web's new wealth to find a path to their doors? ...

To help writers and artists earn a living online, software engineers and Internet evangelists need to exercise the power they hold as designers. Information is free on the Internet because we created the system to be that way."

Posted by: book/daddy at November 20, 2007 10:21 PM