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Inside: Bankruptcy and elite impunity; Stories from Black women's customer service hell; Tracking you with accelerometer signatures; Unauthorized cups; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2021/07/29/imp

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@pluralistic "Cyberpunk is a warning, not a suggestion"

That's an extremely good way to put it

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"...Culture is made of other culture..."

American and British rock is great example of this...

And merci... for the Tolkien website...👍

Although 'ripped off' is kinda HARSH....I think...

The whole Tolkien world was one huge amalgamation...🤔

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If you're a Medium subscriber, you can read these - as well as previews of upcoming magazine columns and early exclusives on doctorow.medium.com.

My latest Medium column is "Now you’ve got two problems," part three of a series on themepark design, queing theory, immersive entertainment, and load-balancing.

doctorow.medium.com/now-youve-

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You can also follow these posts as a daily blog at pluralistic.net: no ads, trackers, or data-collection!

Here's today's edition: pluralistic.net/2021/07/30/spa

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My first picture book is out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.

pluralistic.net/2020/07/14/poe

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My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."

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My book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies (proposing a way to deal with both) is now out in paperback:

onezero.medium.com/how-to-dest

Signed copies here:
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My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

Get signed books from @darkdel: darkdel.com/store/p1840/Availa

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Yesterday's threads: Bankruptcy and elite impunity; Stories from Black women's customer service hell; Tracking you with accelerometer signatures; Unauthorized cups; and more!

mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10666551

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Games Workshop declares war on its customers (again): Terms of service banning fan art launch alongside a new transmedia subscription service.

mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10667151

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Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: Games Workshop declares war on its customers (again); and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2021/07/30/spa

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The sin isn't in the taking, it's in the pretense that it never happened, and the vicious grifting that punishes anyone who does unto GW as they did unto everyone else.

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Tolkien straight up ripped off his characters from the 1000-year-old Norse poem "Elder Edda," which features dwarves named "Thorin, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Nori, Dori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur."

musingsofatolkienist.blogspot.

Culture is made of other culture.

GW made something wonderful with Warhammer - by plundering the stories that preceded it.

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Now, some people might be thinking, what's the big deal? Why don't these creators just make up their own stories instead of remixing the ones that come from Games Workshop?

Those people are assholes.

*All* stories are fanfic of some kind or another. Every mystery novel is a remix of Poe's Murders In the Rue Morgue. Games Workshop's stories are the thrice-brewed teabags of many sf writers (remember "space marines?").

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