Comments: Details Why Slashdot "Editor Upgrade" Doesn't Revive My Censorware Research

Hey Seth,

On your censorware project page, you say this:

"Unfortunately, I can't begin at the beginning, only very near the end. The story of the formation, tensions, and then public meltdown, of Censorware Project would fill a book (plus an updated edition concerning the aftermath and issues about partial re-grouping)."

Why don't you? Write a book, that is. I can see several benefits to this.
1. It might make a good cautionary tale and add to the dialog about the intetnet. (Because, lets face it, this sort of shit only happens on the internet. Tradtional meatspace organizations get into infighting, but it's usually not so immediate or murderous.)
2. It might help you get some closure on the damn thing.
3. It might sell (provided it wasn't too flamey). Activist-types, geek-types...
4. It would make an interesting read!

Posted by Paul Gowder at February 19, 2005 11:09 AM

I actually have thought of writing a book. But it would be a huge amount of work, and realistically, practically nobody would read it. I can't see that it would sell much. Activist's memoirs rarely do well, unless they're celebrities, and sometimes not even then.

Though I disagree that the tale is about the Internet. Instead, it's very much a generic outcome of organizations doing activism. It's absolutely "classic" to have a rogue member backstabbing former comrades out of motives of corruption. But, proving the point, you don't hear all the cases it's happened, since typically the books don't sell :-).

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at February 19, 2005 09:43 PM