Book Review: Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

Julie Graves Krishnaswami

Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

April 8, 2009

Book review of David Bollier's Viral Spiral (2008). The Internet today is controlled chaos: user-generated content on Web 2.0 platforms, blogs by citizen-journalists, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, the photo-sharing community of Flickr, digital remixes of music and videos, wikis, open-access journals, and e-books. The Web has been transformed and a new cultural movement - known as "Free Culture" or "the commons" - is underway. Members of the Free Culture movement (commoners) value collaboration, share intellectual property, are self-directed, and resourceful. Yet these trailblazing individuals are simultaneously entrepreneurial and well-aware of traditional market forces. In Viral Spiral: A History of Our Movement, David Bollier argues that these values and behaviors are "history-making," creating a "new species of citizenship in modern life" and over time "this citizenship and the culture that it is fostering are likely to be a politically transforming force." This text is highly recommended for any law library’s collection.

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Keywords: digital commons, open-source, creative commons

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Date posted: February 11, 2011 ; Last revised: October 9, 2015

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Krishnaswami, Julie Graves, Book Review: Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (April 8, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1654568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1654568

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Julie Graves Krishnaswami (Contact Author)
Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
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