Jul 03, 2020
Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
Posted by Christopher M. Kelty

In Two Bits, Christopher M Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music, film, science, and education Free Software is a set of practices devoted to the collaborative creation of software source code that is made openly and freely available through an uIn Two Bits, Christopher M Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software, revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music, film, science, and education Free Software is a set of practices devoted to the collaborative creation of software source code that is made openly and freely available through an unconventional use of copyright law Kelty explains how these specific practices have reoriented the relations of power around the creation, dissemination, and authorization of all kinds of knowledge He also makes an important contribution to discussions of public spheres and social imaginaries by demonstrating how Free Software is a recursive public a public organized around the ability to build, modify, and maintain the very infrastructure that gives it life in the first place.Drawing on ethnographic research that took him from an Internet healthcare start up company in Boston to media labs in Berlin to young entrepreneurs in Bangalore, Kelty describes the technologies and the moral vision that bind together hackers, geeks, lawyers, and other Free Software advocates In each case, he shows how their practices and way of life include not only the sharing of software source code but also ways of conceptualizing openness, writing copyright licenses, coordinating collaboration, and proselytizing By exploring in detail how these practices came together as the Free Software movement from the 1970s to the 1990s, Kelty also considers how it is possible to understand the new movements emerging from Free Software projects such as Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that creates copyright licenses, and Connexions, a project to create an online scholarly textbook commons.

  • Title: Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
  • Author: Christopher M. Kelty
  • ISBN: 9780822342649
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two Bits The Cultural Significance of Free Software In Two Bits Christopher M Kelty investigates the history and cultural significance of Free Software revealing the people and practices that have transformed not only software but also music film s

    Joy

    Kelty s book is brilliant, inspiring, and relevant It s one of the best academic books I ve read in a long time Having just read Michael Warner s book about publics, I had a number of complaints about a lack of concern with technical media which you can read abouthere Kelty took them all up, and answered them though he did so in a very gracious way with respect to Warnerading Kelty you might think that he got his idea about the importance of medial variety from Warner, but that s not at all the [...]


    Walter Mitchell

    This is an extremely dense book, and often obtuse The idea of the recursive public, though, was so fascinating to me, so aptly described, chronicled, and praised, that it sparked an interest in collective technology and free software that has sustained my personal and professional work ever since, if at times indirectly I owe quite a lot to this book.


    Zbigniew Łukasiak

    Nice to read, but the concept of Recursive Public does not seem so useful at the defining level the economic aspects connecting all the different Free movements are basic and suitable for definition.


    Murray Gunn

    I m reading this for my thesis on the culture of virtual teams My research field is the Ubuntu documentation team, so Kelty s work is highly relevant, but I ve been mostly intrigued by his notion of recursive publics and the way open source communities set about defining their own identities.


    Imam

    ada yang mau tau isu cultural industries dalam konteks lebih spesifik, isu tentang recursive public cocok buat mengkaji masyarakat kontemporer seperti sekarang.


    Sebastian

    Some of the best academic writing on free software open source I ve encountered so far The recursive public idea is brilliant.


    Andreas

    My review can be found here eskar andreas blog 2008 11



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