Reviews & Interviews


Technology Liberation Front (Adam Thierer):  Viral Spiral is named #4 on Thierer's list of "ten most important info-tech policy books of 2009":  "...despite my many personal disagreements with [Bollier] and this movement, it is an excellent treatment of the topic."

Social Media blog (J.D.Lasica): " his meticulous and very readable new book, Viral Spiral,....Bollier provides a broad lens to the commons, taking it out of its legalistic straitjacket and showing how it's relevant to our daily lives."

Public Knowledge (Art Brodsky): "Bollier’s book provides a valuable first chapter in a movement that’s really only getting started and is gaining momentum every day."

The Public Domain (James Boyle): "I'd highly recommend Viral Spiral. Anyone who is interested in the astounding success of this “hack on culture” should find it fascinating."

Creative Commons (Fred Benenson): "Viral Spiral will likely establish itself as a definitive guide for those seeking to understand and discover the key players and concepts in the digital commons."

Creative Commons "Featured Commoner" Q&A with David Bollier about Viral Spiral. The backstory of how I came to write Viral Spiral and why the commons are free culture are politically significant.

P2P Foundation blog (Michel Bauwens). "An indispensible account of the re-emergence of the Commons as a theme, but also as a movement and its already concrete realisations." Book excerpt #1. Book excerpt #2. “Some Speculations About the Future of Digital Citizenship”

Huffington Post blog post (Media section), March 19, 2009.

Hal Abelson of MIT waving Viral Spiral. (Photo by Mike Linksvayer)

Webcasts & TV

New York University / Internet Society, New York Chapter, webcast, May 18, 2009.

Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, webcast, May 12, 2009.

Brave New Films, video interviews with Marty Kaplan, March 10, 2009.

Online journalism, direct democracy and the impact of the blogosphere (3 minutes)

The commons & the marketplace (3 minutes)

Making money by giving something away for free (3 minutes)

General discussion of Viral Spiral (7 minutes)

C-SPAN, Washington Journal, February 20, 2009. Video, 23 minutes.

New America Foundation, February 20, 2009. Video, 1 hour, 22 minutes.

Aspen Institute presentation, with Q&A or Video of talk with PowerPoint slides. February 6, 2009. Video, 1 hour, 9 minutes. Excerpt of Aspen talk on (5 minutes, 46 seconds).

Print Media

Educational Technology, September/October 2009, p. 61.  [no weblink]  "The writing style is breezy and free-wheeling yet well organized and remarkably engaging...."

GOOD magazine, August 13, 2009., May 13, 2009.

Boston Globe (George Scialabba): "What's Mine Should be Yours" (book review), March 22: "...a lively history of the 'public knowledge' movement."

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL Spectrum, Julie Graves Krishnaswami): "...highly recommended for any law library's collection."


SeaChange Radio, "The Digital Commons:  Converting 'Free' Into Value," September 16, 2009.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "Future Tense" radio show, with Antony Funnell, July 16, 2009.

WorldStreams World Talk show, with Said and Dari, July 1, 2009.

WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, "Where We Live," with John Dankowsky, April 30, 2009.

KPFK radio interview with Terrence McNally, Los Angeles, March 17, 2009.