I really admire Cory Doctorow's work. His narratives are both interesting and and pertinent to modern events - his stories function as commentaries on popular society, culture, and technology, with the added bonus of having fun characters and instruction-manual-style endnotes on the research behind the book and the gadgets in it. I love this, how transparent he makes things for the reader. (For those who aren't familiar with him, go take a look - he makes all his stuff available for free, on his website
, and still
manages to make the best-seller lists with his books!)
He's got a very interesting commentary on the iPad up on BoingBoing
, and it really touched on some of the things that are driving my own uneasiness with the current trend in modern media technologies. The user as a consumer rather than an innovator being a big one. I'm the first to admit that I'm not the most techy of people - there are many things about computers and other tech that I almost
know, but don't quite have a firm grasp on. But I don't want to be relegated to the role of helpless, resourceless consumer. I want to still be able to crack things open, get at their guts, and risk breaking them myself in order to make them work the way I
want them to work.