New Books in January-February 2018

January 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

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Move fast and break things:

how Facebook, Google and Amazon cornered culture and undermined democracy

Jonathan Taplin

Doriot and Tanoto Libraries
HM851 .T37 2018

 

“Move Fast and Break Things” tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating three monopoly firms-Facebook, Amazon and Google-that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries.

Taplin offers a succinct and powerful history of how online life began to be shaped around the values of the men who founded these companies, including Peter Thiel and Larry Page: tolerating piracy of books, music, and film while at the same time promoting opaque business practices and subordinating privacy of individual users to create the surveillance marketing monoculture in which we now live.

The enormous profits that have come with this concentration of power tell their own story. Since 2001, newspaper and music revenues have fallen by 70%, book publishing, film and television profits have also fallen dramatically. Revenues at Google in this same period grew from $400 million to $74.5 billion. Google’s YouTube today controls 60% of the streaming audio business and pays only 11% of the streaming audio revenues. More creative content is being consumed than ever before, but less revenue is flowing to creators and owners of the content.

“Move Fast and Break Things” offers a vital, forward-thinking prescription for how artists can reclaim their audiences using knowledge of the past and a determination to work together. Using his own half-century career as a music and film producer and early pioneer of streaming video online, Taplin offers new ways to think about the design of the World Wide Web and specifically the way we live with the firms that dominate it.

Book review cited from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31420725-move-fast-and-break-things

Entry filed under: Books @ Doriot.

Special book display – Philippe Van Parijs New DVDs at Doriot Library – January 2018

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