Master Switch The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

ISBN-10: 0307269930

ISBN-13: 9780307269935

Edition: 2010

Authors: Tim Wu

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A secret history of the industrial wars behind the rise and fall of the twentieth centuryrs"s great information empires-Hollywood, the broadcast networks, and AT&T-asking one big question: Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate. Every once free and open technology was in time centralized and closed, a huge corporate power taking control of the "master switch." Today, as a similar struggle looms over the Internet, increasingly the pipeline of all other media, the stakes have never been higher. To be decided: who gets heard, and what kind of country we live in. Part industrial exposeacute;, part meditation on the nature of freedom of expression, part battle cry to save the Internetrs"s best features,The Master Switchbrings to light a crucial drama-rife with indelible characters and stories-heretofore played out over decades in the shadows of our national life.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Introduction
The Rise
The Disruptive Founder
Radio Dreams
Mr. Vail Is a Big Man
The Time Is Not Ripe for Feature Films
Centralize All Radio Activities
The Paramount Ideal
Beneath the All-Seeing Eye
The Foreign Attachment
The Legion of Decency
FM Radio
We Now Add Sight to Sound
The Rebels, the Challengers, and the Fall
The Right Kind of Breakup
The Radicalism of the Internet Revolution
Nixon's Cable
Broken Bell
Esperanto for Machines
Reborn Without a Soul
Turner Does Television
Mass Production of the Spirit
The Return of AT&T
The Internet Against Everyone
A Surprising Wreck
Father and Son
The Separations Principle
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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