Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Mar 16, 2024 - 2 minute read - Comments - writing

Cory Doctorow Rabbit Hole

I just went down a Cory Doctorow rabbit hole. It started from a link in Austin Kleon’s newsletter to Doctorow’s post about his blog being his version of a commonplace book or a Memex. I remember Doctorow as being one of the early famous bloggers and an early crusader against unending copyright, but I haven’t really paid much attention to him since those early days. I distinctly remember when his first book, “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” was released for free on the internet. I remember it being surprising because he was “just a blogger” and now he was writing a real book. I was intrigued by some of the ideas in it. Like the concept of Whuffie, which was a social status indicator that everyone could see floating above your head, so that you knew who was important and who was a loser. With augmented reality, this might come true sooner than we think. I actually couldn’t initially remember the name of the book so I had to look through his book list to find it, and then saw that he’s written like 20 books now, many which look really interesting, so my to-read list just grew a bit. I also found his article about enshittification, which I think is one of the best essays I’ve seen in recent years. I’ve heard the term a lot, but didn’t realize that he had coined it. That article is another reason that I’ve started to write again, here on a page that I own.