Master Switch The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
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Description: 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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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|The Disruptive Founder|
|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|
|We Now Add Sight to Sound|
|The Rebels, the Challengers, and the Fall|
|The Right Kind of Breakup|
|The Radicalism of the Internet Revolution|
|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|