Linked: When A Fan Modifies Your Work For You

Kevin Kelly, on what happens when a fan takes your book and remixes it for you:

The other day I got a note from a Danish guy who is a fan of my book Out Of Control. He found my ideas great but my presentation “frustrating.” But unlike my other “frustrated” readers, Andreas Lloyd decided to do something about it: he remixed my book!

I think the result is quite amazing. Remixing is perhaps too strong a word because he mostly simply dropped entire chapters, with a little re-arranging here and there. It is a very sharp but intelligent edit. But the effect is striking. Instead of a rambling book about one dozen things, Lloyd’s remix of my book focuses it on the cybernetic and feedback aspects of the systems I was reporting on in the early 1990s. I suggested this focus needed a better title than Out Of Control, which I never was happy with anyhow, so Lloyd came up with a new one for this version of the book. He calls it Bootstrapping Complexity.

Wow. Talk about superfan-turned-editor. (via)

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