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Doctorow, C: Radicalized de Cory Doctorow
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Doctorow, C: Radicalized (edição: 2019)

de Cory Doctorow (Autor)

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FromNew York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow,Radicalized is four urgent SF novellas of America's present and future within one book Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation,Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper. InModel Minority, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectifiy the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless...only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims. Radicalized is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife's terminal cancer. The fourth story,Masque of the Red Death, harkens back to Doctorow'sWalkaway, taking on issues of survivalism versus community.… (mais)
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Título:Doctorow, C: Radicalized
Autores:Cory Doctorow (Autor)
Informação:Head of Zeus (2019), 304 pages
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This is a collection of four short stories (or is it novellas, between 60 to 100 pages each) whose main theme you can see on the cover.
Each story extrapolates into the not-so-distance future a set of worst-case scenarios.
The first story will be familiar with to those of us who followed the hilarious saga of the $400 juicer that could only be used with the by-subscription pre-juiced juice. In this case, the culprit is a toaster that can only be used with brand bread, which is more expensive than regular one. But the twist here is that subsidized apartments in a luxury condo are loaded with such locked appliances which allow the landlords to recoup the cost of being forced to provided subsidized housing, by getting a cut of the money generated by the locked appliances. In the tradition of much of Doctorow's characters, a few young people then start jailbreaking the appliances, which is when things go South. [There is a whole additional refugee angle to this which matters as well.]
The second story could be renamed "Superman [I mean, in the book, The American Eagle] tries to solve racism" but fails because some problems cannot be solved individually, even by a superhero. More than anything else, the superhero fails at being an ally (whereby his white membership gets revoked, as it was always contingent, as the black man he's trying to help tells him... but he didn't listen).
The third story, which bears the title Radicalized, feels like Reddit meets the insurance industry, and has garnered some praise for showing that "violence works". Kill a few health insurance execs, get Medicare-for-All, as long as it's white guys doing it.
The last story involves a hedge fund wiz, who clearly read Ayn Rand, who has built himself a compound to wait out the collapse of civilization and invited 30 other people he selected to join him. Once they all hole up, obviously, things go downhill.
Doctorow is not a subtle writer. He is rather heavy-handed about the points he tries to make. However, except for the first story, the ideas underlying the other ones are not new (the old Twilight Zone series had a few on the same themes). And the first one is very similar in template to previous work from him as well. So, it's a quick read but the stories, though short, tend to be repetitive, and again, the point of each story becomes clear rather quickly.
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  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Meh

There were a couple decent concepts in here, but badly written and embedded within basically parody-level SJW trolling. Blissfully each was only novella length, but there were 4 of them. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Liberal power fantasy of I told you so. Although I imagine DRM bread is happening soon enough. We already had DRM juice. Painfully didactic. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
I didn't like this.
It was heavy handed which I expected.
I liked Unauthorized Bread though it was somewhat slow.
Model Minority and Radicalized together ironically support white supremacy. Even Unauthorized Bread does as it encourages POC immigrants to quietly and peacefully circumvent a system that is using them for unpaid labor.
In Model Minority we have white guilt ahistorically explaining how siding with Black people against white supremacy causes their whiteness to be called into question.
John Brown proves this is bullshit.
Brown killed white men in defense of Black and in a bid to end slavery.
His whiteness was never, ever questioned.
So no, that's not how the construct of race works.
White men don't get involved even when they know it's wrong because they appreciate what white supremacy gives them and they don't wish to see that challenged. Oh they dress this desire up but it remains the main reason white men don't challenge racism. Not just white men either.
53% of white women voted for chump against their own interests. Why?
To protect white supremacy.
It's unpalatable but also facts.
The other unpalatable aspect of this story is it's attachment to violence against the Black body. He reinforces that the victim of police brutality is 'the Black man' until it grated on my fucking nerves. Meanwhile after establishing that the cops brutalizing the victim were white, he never mentions it again. They are just cops brutalizing 'the Black man'. It's cringey as fuck ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
A collection of 4 novellas, all superb. This might actually be my favorite Doctorow book to date, and I quite like him generally. The stories variously investigate the proliferation of DRM, systematic racism in America through the lens of Superman, and the limits of doomsday prepping—but it's the title story that shook me the most, about the development of a terrorist organization targeting medical-pharmaceutical-political complex. It's a scary look at how online radicalization works, and what's really scary is less how plausible it is and more how it leaves you feeling, "gee, this actually might be a good idea." ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
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FromNew York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow,Radicalized is four urgent SF novellas of America's present and future within one book Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation,Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper. InModel Minority, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectifiy the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless...only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims. Radicalized is a story of a darkweb-enforced violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife's terminal cancer. The fourth story,Masque of the Red Death, harkens back to Doctorow'sWalkaway, taking on issues of survivalism versus community.

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