The Master Switch

The Master Switch : The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

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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. 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 royal for the Internet's future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out. 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

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  • CD-Audio
  • 137.16 x 190.5 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Library ed.
  • 1455884782
  • 9781455884780

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