Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy Robert W McChesney

ISBN: 9781306436588

Published: June 14th 2014

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Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy  by  Robert W McChesney

Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy by Robert W McChesney
June 14th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 321 pages | ISBN: 9781306436588 | 8.59 Mb

Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internets 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 theMoreCelebrants and skeptics alike have produced valuable analyses of the Internets 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 digital world.McChesneys 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, incorporating capitalism into the heart of his analysis. He argues that the sharp decline in the enforcement of antitrust violations, the increase in patents on digital technology and proprietary systems, and other policies and massive indirect subsidies have made the Internet a place of numbing commercialism.

A small handful of monopolies now dominate the political economy, from Google, which garners an astonishing 97 percent share of the mobile search market, to Microsoft, whose operating system is used by over 90 percent of the worlds computers. This capitalistic 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 anti-democratic force.In Digital Disconnect Robert McChesney offers a groundbreaking analysis and critique of the Internet, urging us to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.



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