Friday, October 19, 2012

FREELOADING by Chris Ruen Released in the US


The original slacker's dream of free everything may have been realized by the Internet—but along with it came the slacker's nightmare of never getting paid for one's creativity. Freeloading seeks—and to a large extent succeeds—to wrestle with the collapse of the commons and the possibilities for a renewed social contract.  
Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist, author of Life, Inc. andProgram or Be Programmed

FREELOADING:  How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starves Creativity by Chris Ruen takes a critical, cool look at a near-pervasive phenomenon that involves almost everyone who taps a keyboard: beyond that, it's a reminder of the truism that for every action there are consequences. What happens when we pirate a favorite work of art—a song, book, or movie? And as importantly: what, if anything, can or should be done about it?  It has just been released by O/R Books in the US, and will be published by Scribe Publications in Australia and New Zealand in December, with other territories to follow.

Chris will be celebrating the release by reading the book in its entirety this Saturday at WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 10am - 4pm. At 7pm, there will be free beer from Brooklyn Brewery and wine from Dandelion, cheese from Eastern District. And after the drinking and eating and reading, there will be an afterparty at Lulu's one block away. Chris will be spinning records along with Greg Bennetts and Nicholas Cirillo. DJ sets start at 9:30.

On December 5th at 7PM, Chris and David Byrne will be discussing music and copyright in the final event of Byrne's speaking tour for his new book, HOW MUSIC WORKS.  The event will be equal billing with an emphasis on Chris' and David's books.  Paul Holdengraber will moderate a discussion between the two authors on the topic and there will be a 15 minute Q&A from the audience following the 45 minute discussion.