02 August 2013

Cory Doctorow, The Makers.

Cory Doctorow, The Makers.  NY: Tor, 2009.

Makers is about a group of entrepreneurial folks who build a New Work movement, making new products from what is at hand in an agile development process that creates amazing things.  These people are the love children of Ayn Rand and Eugene Debs, creating a utopian society of like-minded outcasts.

It only gets interesting after they crash the economy.

Makers is a polemic, and the agenda is both clear and compelling.  That our society is unfair, and unsustainable, serves as an easily accepted premise; that we should try to change that, another.  The failure that ensues, like any good tragedy, follows necessarily from these premises, yet is no less entertaining for its inevitability.



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