God's Little Toys

William Gibson, Wired, Jul 08, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

William Gibson gets it, which is why he has added so much to our culture. "Our culture no longer bothers to use words like appropriation or borrowing to describe those very activities. Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record..." And, "'Who owns the words?' asked a disembodied but very persistent voice throughout much of Burroughs' work. Who does own them now? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do. All of us."
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