Cory Doctorow at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival

26 08 2007

Cory Doctorow & Charles Firth debated in the Free & easy event, which was held at the Merlyn Theatre in Southbank. I had front row seats to see Charles Firth get his ass kicked in the debate, see videos below. Free & easy photoset on Flickr. Microblogged on Twitter here and here.

Charles Firth was surprisingly inarticulate for someone from The Chaser, also very stuck on old business models which seems in stark contrast to The Chaser in general. [Update 29/08/07: see Cory’s comment below – I am disappointed at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival’s approach to this event, fake debates are best left to comedians. This was just a waste of two talented people. I would have preferred a non-debate of their actual opinions.] Most interesting item from Charles was that the ABC is considering a paid archive model if the public does not complain. It’s odd that they are considering this as even the New York Times has finally figured out that’s a stupid way to go. Biggest irony of the night, Charles criticising Cory for giving work away for free, after which he supplied free copies of The Manic Times to the audience. I got my books signed, and no Cory, yours isn’t going on eBay.

Cory’s not in Melbourne for long, and for those who missed his open dinner invitation, you’re out of luck as his schedule is full.

[Update 29/08/07: More coverage of Cory’s speech here on Views from Orbit]




4 responses

26 08 2007
Cory Doctorow

To be fair to Charles, he doesn’t actually believe in what he was talking about — the organizers asked him to take the contrary position so we could have a debate!

26 08 2007

Hey thanks for this!

Very amusing. in a ast life I knew charles firth..

26 08 2007

Thanks Cory, it explains a lot.

29 08 2007
TPN :: The Global Geek Podcast » Blog Archive » Cory Doctorow Video

[…] I am not pasting the videos here because I would rather you visit Cait’s Blog for the coverage. […]

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