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Author Taplin, Jonathan T., author.

Title Move fast and break things : how Facebook, Google, and Amazon cornered culture and undermined democracy / Jonathan Taplin.

Publication Info. New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2017]


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  303.4833 T164m 2017    ---  Available
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Edition First edition.
Description x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The great disruption -- Levon's story -- Tech's counterculture roots -- The libertarian counterinsurgency -- Digital destruction -- Monopoly in the digital age -- Google's regulatory capture -- The social media revolution -- Pirates of the Internet -- Libertarians and the 1 percent -- What it means to be human -- The digital renaissance.
Summary Jonathan Taplin 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 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. More creative content is being consumed that ever before, but less revenue is flowing to creators and owners of the content. Google, Facebook and Amazon now enjoy political power on par with Big Oil and Big Pharma, which in part explains how such a tremendous shift in revenues from artists to platforms could have been achieved and why it has gone unchallenged for so long. As Taplin observes, the fact that more and more Americans receive their news, music and other forms of entertainment from a small group of companies poses a real threat to democracy. Move Fast and Break Things offers a 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.
Subject Google (Firm)
Facebook (Firm) (Firm)
Internet -- Social aspects.
Information society.
Electronic commerce.
Music and the Internet.
Art and the Internet.
Literature and the Internet.
Art and the Internet. (OCoLC)fst01739207
Electronic commerce. (OCoLC)fst00906906
Information society. (OCoLC)fst00972767
Internet -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01766793
Literature and the Internet. (OCoLC)fst01000106
Music and the Internet. (OCoLC)fst01200152
ISBN 9780316275774 (hardback)
0316275778 (hardback)
9780316508278 (international paperback)
0316508276 (international paperback)

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