Digital Disconnect

Digital Disconnect

How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Book - 2013
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Looks at the relationship between economic power and the digital world, encouraging readers to fight back against the monopolies that are making the Internet less democratic.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781595588678
1595588671
Branch Call Number: 302.231 M131d 2013
Characteristics: xv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Mar 23, 2014

I agree with the gist of what the author says, overall, but he must face up to the WHY of the problem, every day for decades, the American citizen/consumer/viewer has be inundated and indoctrinated with the daily news which tells the viewer to beware of crime only at the street level, with endless movies and books about the slasher, the serial killer. Until that time when we receive an equal dose of how the super-rich financed both sides of World War II (congressional investigations of the 1940s revealed the financing of the Third Reich, and Italy's fascist government, by the likes of the Rockefeller, Morgan, Mellon, du Pont and Harriman families), how they finance so many wars, how their corporations hire assassins to break strikes locally in America (and deviously by their labor relations consultants) and hire assassins in South America and Africa to kill labor organizers and protesters, we will never grasp the gravity of our situation! Instead, we are propagandized about what great philanthropists the robber barons are, how they have (in quotes) saved America, ad nauseum, ad nauseum, ad nauseum! [McChesney has suggested that a free press by financially supported by the foundations - - what a complete babe in the woods!]

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eastvanbookfan
Jul 29, 2013

Sure would like to see how so many of us would explain why we are willing to support so much stuff by corporations/governments that is actually not in our best self-intrest. This book challenges popular mantras and explains so many things I've read elsewhere but if you read this book you'll read one book whereas I had to read many...... These are the types of books that leave me puzzled as we are still a society that is free enough to publish a book that showcases how un-free we really are.....

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james119
Jun 26, 2013

Having read several dozen books on the social, psychological, political and economic pros and cons of the Internet, I can say, without reservations, that this one is excellent and essential reading for any thinking adult with a concern for the pressing issues of our times, and especially for the health of our democracy. Five stars and then some.

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