Go See Lawrence Lessig this Saturday!
Techy-Activist-Academic-SuperGeek Lawrence "Larry" Lessig is coming to town this Saturday and you all should go. His talk is titled "The Corruption of Congress," and paints a picture of our legislature that's considerably more nuanced and complex then you might expect with something of that name, if just as troubling. He's smart, forward thinking, and is the rare academic that offers solutions as frequently as he laments problems.
Here are some facts about Larry:
- He is a founding board member of Creative Commons
- He may be stodgy looking, but most of his insights into the way we use technology are spot on.
- Founded Stanford's esteemed Internet and Society Program.
- He wrote the excellent Remix and the even better Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It (a book that helped inspire the Occupy Wall Street Movement).
- He has a subtle wit.
- There was a character in the West Wing based on him. Boom.
It's at Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave.), it runs from 5-6:30pm this Saturday the 22nd, tickets are $5 and you can snag them here.
To warm up your inner geekness, watch Larry's TED talk on copyright law, remixing, and how the two might be reconciled: