The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet

THU, JAN 28, 2016 (1:28)

Slate correspondent Justin Peters talks with editor-in-chief of The Baffler John Summers about Peters' book, The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet. Peters looks at the lively history of the Internet, its free culture movement and its larger effects on society, in particular how it was part of the life and shocking suicide of Aaron Swartz, a founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons.

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Referenced in the talk: The Internet's Own Boy (2014)

The Boy Who Could Change the World, (Newpress, 2015)

(Photo: Reddit)

+ BIO: John Summers

Before taking on leadership of The Baffler, Summers had taught at Harvard University and Columbia University, where he was lecturer on American studies in 2008-2009. He also served as the editor of The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills and is the author of Every Fury on Earth, a collection of his essays on history and politics.

(Photo: Robert Birnbaum)

+ BIO: Justin Peters

Justin Peters is a correspondent for Slate and a contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. He has written for various national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Monthly, and Travel + Leisure, and was the founding editor of Polite, a general-interest print journal. An alumnus of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he divides his time between Boston and Brooklyn.

(Photo Credit: Molly Peters)

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