WIRED -- Don't you just love Wired magazine for its content, its covers and its connect-the-dots ethos? Could a multimedia student go an academic term without reading an issue? Not in my books. This month, they would miss coverage of "Linus Torvalds, leader of the free world."¹ In the 11.11 issue, it's Linus on the cover, the new BMW 5 series just inside the cover (best ad, says Bernie), Danny O'Brien² gets the first article, local politician John McGuinness³ gets one of his favourite themes rewarmed, and your rights as an owner of new media get explained.
Wired consistently explains themes related to property rights, both IP and consumer perspectives. They deliver the message in a balanced way, alongside technology you need to open your mind to a wealth of new media experiences. For those who want to improve their appreciation of culture and technology--read Wired. For those hoping to achieve distinction in an undergraduate multimedia degree, read to comment on Wired's monthly themes.
¹Danny O'Brien writes about the first network to encourage file-sharing in "Something Completely Different."
²Wired gives 12 pages, plus its cover, over to Open Source in the November 2003 issue, including Gary Rivlin's story abot "Leader of the Free World." We could all learn from the demeanor of Linus Torvalds.
³John McGuinness banged his drum concerning safe food handling and proper waste disposal last summer. Jennifer Weaver continues the meme in "Household Germ Warfare" but even after two years of polite requests, you cannot buy a copy of Wired magazine in a Kilkenny news agent.("What's that, now? Would that be a DIY magazine? Then it's with the carpentry magazines just below the gardening magazines.")
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