Adrian Johns


On his book Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age

Cover Interview of December 07, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How two ideas of media piracy—conservative and experimental—came head to head.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Modern history has seen a series of crises of intellectual piracy, extending back to at least 1700.  The basic terms of engagement between creativity, commerce, and culture, have been redefined in those crises.”

On the second:

“In the mid-twentieth century critics of the emerging welfare state often saw the BBC as the lynchpin of the culture they were attacking.”