Posted by Drowned City 2011/05/06
Matt Mason’s bestselling book ‘The Pirates’ Dilemma’ is about youth culture transforming underground scenes into global industries.
Mason began his career as a pirate radio and club DJ in London and he argues that from youth culture, and out on the edges of the mainstream, come the ideas that ultimately change the mainstream itself – whether it’s graffiti, piracy, hacking, open source culture or remixing. In the course of doing so he unravels some of our most basic assumptions about business and society and pinpoints trends to look out for in our future. Because right now, everyone, from the ceo of a mainstream company to a teenager wanting to start the next youth culture revolution, is struggling with a new dilemma: that we can all – companies and individuals alike – be ‘pirates’ now.
And as piracy increasingly changes the way we find, use and sell information, how should we respond? Do we fight pirates, or do we learn from them? Should piracy be treated as a problem, or a whole new solution?