Tuesday, March 05, 2013

On Homeland printed guns and heart hacking Boing Boing's - Cory Doctorow

"Malda: You make a concerted effort in Homeland to tell people how to do certain things. You will have a character talk about securing an Android Phone for a page or more. That’s an article I read on the internet two years ago, maybe the same time you did. Doctorow: It’s a tradition in techno thrillers to have have spycraft excerpts. James Bond explains his cypher wheel. On one hand, this is in that tradition. I grew up with books like “Steal this Book” and “The Whole Earth Catalog” — books that were filled with recipes or instructions for doing stuff. That was back when facts were expensive. How do you cheat a pay phone to give you a dial tone without a quarter? ... If you know something is possible, you can type it into a search engine and find out how to do it, so the challenge today is to convey that things are possible, and that they are worth doing. And that’s what the book is doing. It’s not recipes like Make Magazine. It’s the pitch that you would make to Make Magazine to get the editor to buy your article. My hope is that kids will follow from this and type it into a search engine." 4 out of 5 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-innovations/boing-boings-cory-doctorow-on-homeland-printed-guns-and-heart-hacking/2013/03/04/65eeecd4-8297-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html