A Lament at How Our Brave Revolution Has Become Another Bureaucracy

Cory Doctorow on Jpod by Douglas Couplan': “The prose is peppered with long pastebombs o' Internet prose, from th' banal t' th' sublime. eBay UI chrome. Penis enlargement spams. Ye'll be sleepin' with the fishes! Acronym expansions, humorous an' seri'us. The sharks will eat well tonight! Ahoy! All th' valid three-letter Scrabble words. Where this kind o' pastebomb appeared in afore Couplan' works, it were bein' ironic, or cool, or funny, pass the grog, pass the grog! In JPod, 'tis a cross betwixt reverent prose-poetry an' a lament at how our brave revolution has become another bureaucracy.”

Peter Merholz: “unlike Generation X or Microserfs, jPod already feels dated. The internet world in th' book is stuck on eBay an' Google an' totally misses th' social networkin' an' community aspects o' th' Web that be what scallywags like his characters would truly engage in. Satirizin' video game development mindlessness also feels subtly dated. I guess what I'm sayin' is that his book likely won't capture th' Zeitgeist o' those afore works, because it di'nae attempt t' forecast Zeitgeist, an' thin's simply move too fast.”