It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industryâfrom the telephone to radio to filmâonce existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this path-breaking audiobook, Tim Wu asks: will the Internet follow the same fate? Could the Webâthe entire flow of American informationâcome to be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of âthe master switchâ?
Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of todayâs great information powersâApple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&TâWu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. He shows how a battle royal for the Internetâs future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.
âFascinating, balanced, and rigorousâa tour de force.â âThe New York Review of Books
âEntertaining.â¦ Thereâs a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wuâs masterful survey.â âThe Boston Globe
About: It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry—from the telephone to radio to film—once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today.
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