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    DescriptionIt 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. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book, Tim Wu asks: will the Internet follow the same fate? Could the Web-the entire flow of American information-come to be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of "the master switch"? Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today's great information powers-Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T-Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. He shows how a battle royale for Internet's future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out


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    Title
    The Master Switch
    Subtitle
    The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Wu
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307390998
    ISBN 10: 0307390993
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: MED
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    BIC subject category V2: JFD, KNTX
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: ENGM8000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: BUS007000, BUS077000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17870
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, TEC041000, BUS070060
    B&T Approval Code: A34301800, A34660000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 384.041
    Libri: INTG4190, INFO5600, ITAA5000, TECH7544
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 384/.041, 384.041
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HE7631 .W8 2011
    BIC subject category V2: KJZ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Vintage Books
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    29 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate and professor at Columbia University, currently serving as Senior Advisor to the United States Federal Trade Commission. In 2006, he was recognized as one of fifty leaders in science and technology by "Scientific American "magazine, and in the following year, "01238" magazine listed him as one of Harvard's one hundred most influential graduates. He writes for "Slate, "where he won the Lowell Thomas gold medal for travel journalism, and he has contributed to "The New Yorker, ""Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, "and "Forbes."
    Review quote
    A "New Yorker" and "Fortune "Best Book of the Year "Brilliant." --"Forbes" "Thought-provoking. . . . An intellectually ambitious history of modern communications." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous--a tour de force." --"The New York Review of Books" "Entertaining. . . . There's a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu's masterful survey." --"The Boston Globe" "Unexpectedly fascinating. . . . A substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. . . . The economy and common sense of "The Master Switch" . . . makes it valuable to the non-wonk wondering how we got where we are today, and where we might be headed next." --"Salon" "Engaging. . . . Wu presents a powerful case. . . . His scholarly command of the past century of communications innovation is prodigious." --"The Plain Dealer" "My pick for economics book of the year." --Ezra Klein, "The Washington Post" "An explosive history that makes it clear how the information business became what it is today. Important reading." --Chris Anderson, author of "The Long Tail "and "Free, "and editor of "Wired "magazine "A brilliant explanation and history. . . . As fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. . . . Wu is that rare animal, an accomplished scholar who can write about complex ideas in ways that are accessible to all. And the ideas he's covering are as important as any in our ideological marketplace today." --Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing" "Groundbreaking. . . . Offers powerful lessons from the past for the future of the Internet." --"Nature" "Original, insightful. . . . Wu provides a compelling reminder of the monopol