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The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Timothy Wu

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Timothy Wu
By Tim Wu

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The Internet Age: an era of unprecedented freedom in both communication and culture. However each major new medium, from telephone to satellite television, has crested a wave of similar idealistic optimism, before succumbing to the inevitable undertow of industrial consolidation. Every once free and open technology has, in time, become 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. Part industrial expose, part meditation on the nature of freedom of expression, The Master Switch brings to light a crucial drama - rife with indelible characters - played out over decades in the shadows of global communication.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #371941 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-03
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 384 pages

Editorial Reviews

'The Master Switch is brilliant... a must read for those who want to know more about the future of the Internet' Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype

About the Author
Timothy Wu is an author, a policy advocate, and a professor at Columbia University. A veteran of Silicon Valley, in 2006 he was recognized as one of fifty leaders in science and technology by Scientific American magazine. He won the Lowell Thomas gold medal for Travel Journalism, and has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times and Forbes. He is also a fellow of the New America Foundation and the chairman of the media reform organization Free Press. He lives in New York