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Digital disconnect : how capitalism is turning the Internet against democracy

Author: Robert Waterman McChesney
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internet's effect on us and our world, oscillating between utopian bliss and dystopian hell. But according to Robert W. McChesney, arguments on both sides fail to address the relationship between economic power and the Internet. McChesney's award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy skewered the assumption that a society drenched in commercial  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Waterman McChesney
ISBN: 9781620970317 1620970317
OCLC Number: 892564581
Notes: Originally published: 2013.
Description: xv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: What is the elephant in the digital room? --
Does capitalism equal democracy? --
How can the political economy of communication help us understand the Internet? --
The Internet and capitalism I : where dinosaurs roam? --
The Internet and capitalism II : empire of the senseless? --
Journalism is dead! long live journalism? --
Revolution in the digital revolution?
Responsibility: Robert W. McChesney.

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Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internet's effect on us and our world, oscillating between utopian bliss and dystopian hell. But according to Robert W. McChesney, arguments on both sides fail to address the relationship between economic power and the Internet. McChesney's award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy skewered the assumption that a society drenched in commercial information is a democratic one. In Digital Disconnect, McChesney returns to this provocative thesis in light of the advances of the digital age. He argues that the sharp decline in the enforcement of antitrust violations, the increase in patents on digital technology and proprietary systems and massive indirect subsidies and other policies have made the Internet a place of numbing commercialism. A handful of monopolies now dominate the political economy, from Google, which garners a 97 percent share of the mobile search market, to Microsoft, whose operating system is used by over 90 percent of the world's computers. Capitalism's colonization of the Internet has spurred the collapse of credible journalism and made the internet an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance and a disturbingly antidemocratic force. In Digital Disconnect, Robert McChesney offers a groundbreaking critique of the Internet, urging us to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.

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"No one knows this field better than McChesney, and with this book he has reached the pinnacle."-Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive"A thorough and alarming critique of the corruption of Read more...

 
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