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Inside: Podcasting How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism; The real cancel culture; Ad-tech's algorithmic cruelty; Folio Society publishes Philip K Dick's short fiction; and more!

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On April 13, I'm giving a workshop in collaboration with Phoenix's Changing Hands bookstore: "All the Teachable Things I Know About Writing":…

Podcasting How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism: Part one of five(ish).

The real cancel culture: Multiple-choice union-busting.

Ad-tech's algorithmic cruelty: What technology does isn't as important as who it does it TO.

Folio Society publishes Philip K Dick's short fiction: Books as artifacts.

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#5yrsago Panel on W3C inclusion of DRM in web standards

Yesterday's threads: How Facebook will benefit from its massive breach; and more!

My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

Get signed books from @darkdel:…

My book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies (proposing a way to deal with both) is now out in paperback:…

Signed copies here:…

My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."

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I love books as objects for delivering type to my eyeballs; long-form reading is SO much easier with print, despite my worsening visual disability. Reading on a screen is haunted by the omnipresent fact that one tap away is a Tiktok video of a guy shoving a lemon up his nose.

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The book is available in paperback:…

and DRM-free ebook :

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Here's the podcast episode:…

and a direct link to the MP3 (hosting courtesy of the @internetarchive; they'll host your stuff for free, forever):…

and here's the RSS feed for my podcast:…

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