K.B. Spangler and Christopher B. Wright Discuss CleanReader on Twitter

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I'm going to add a little context, but for the most part I think the tweets should speak to themselves.

Yesterday I heard about a service called CleanReader, but didn't pay too much attention to it. This morning K.B. Spangler, a fantastic web cartoonist AND author, had some very clear opinions on it:

Aaron Swartz

Submitted by C B Wright on

I never met Aaron Swartz. I wasn't familiar with the name until Saturday, when I learned that he'd committed suicide the day before. I never had any direct contact with him (that I know of), never followed his work... as far as I can tell, I never had any personal or professional dealings with him at all. So I am certainly not qualified to contribute to the discussion surrounding his death.

That said, I think it's important to point out two things:

  1. He was one of the original designers of the original RSS specification. Fully one third of my audience accesses my content via RSS feeds.
  2. He was one of the architects of the Creative Commons License. Adopting a CC License for my entire body of work is one of the biggest decisions I've ever made.

I never met him or knew him, but his fingerprints are all over this website. I think it's appropriate to acknowledge that.

Going the Full Doctorow: What Not to Expect From Your Creative Commons Licensed Work

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Eleven years ago Cory Doctorow released a book called Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. What was unique for the time was that not only was it published under a traditional publisher (Tor), but it was also published under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives license directly on his website, allowing people to stop by his site and download it for free. What did it mean?

What Oracle Wants You To Believe

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Let’s start with a basic component of any language:


You’re looking at the fundamental building blocks of a written language—a series of symbols intended to represent discrete components used to communicate ideas. We can add extra symbols into the mix, which can be used to separate and organize these components:

!, ;:’”?

Now we have the ability to construct sentences. With sentences it should be possible to effectively communicate ideas. Let’s try:

tfrgk id. Uppxq; tmno “ffwnk”

… well. Something is still missing. The problem is that randomly putting these things together means nothing, because we don’t have a point of reference that makes any sense.