Jonathan Shapiro on Creatocracy:
THERE IS ONLY ONE WORD to describe Creatocracy: How the Constitution Invented Hollywood, Elizabeth Wurtzel’s paean to patent and copyright law and their influence on American history.
“This country was always cool,” she writes.
Everything we do here is cooler than everything they do everywhere else, and so it will ever be. We will never necessarily be more compassionate or more intelligent, but we will be more grand and creative. Maybe the Chinese know math better because they count grains of rice or something, but American sixteen-year-olds invent apps on a dime — and America invented the sixteen-year-old.
Read aloud, the passage works equally well as a TED talk, a role-playing exercise on identifying racial stereotyping, or an audition piece for the lead in Legally Blonde.
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