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Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracyby Robert W. Mcchesney
Synopses & Reviews
Hailed as important” (Truthdig) and praised for its excellent insight” (Patricia J. Williams, The Nation), Digital Disconnect, by activist and exemplary public intellectual” (Choice) Robert W. McChesney, skewers the assumption that a society drenched in information in a digital age is inherently a democratic one.
A prescient examination of the relationship between the Internet and the economy—one that has become even more relevant since its publication in hardcover—the book argues that capitalisms colonization of the Internet has spurred the collapse of credible journalism and made the Internet an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance.
A provocative and far-reaching account of how capitalism has shaped the Internet in the United States” (Kirkus Reviews) and an excellent analysis of the problem where a medium with the capacity to empower people is itself becoming a tool of social control” (Daily Kos), Digital Disconnect is both a groundbreaking critique of the Internet and an urgent call to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.
Hailed as "illuminating" (The Nation) and "informed and engaging" (Counterpunch), Digital Disconnect, by nationally known media expert and activist Robert McChesney—"an exemplary public intellectual" (Choice)—skewers the assumption that, in the digital age, a society drenched in information is a democratic one. A provocative and prescient examination of the relationship between the Internet and the economy—one that has become ever more relevant since the book's publication in hardcover—McChesney argues that capitalisms colonization of the Internet has spurred the collapse of credible journalism and made the Internet an unparalleled apparatus for government and corporate surveillance. Called "a valuable addition to the literature on the digital age" (Kirkus) and "an excellent analysis" (Daily Kos), Digital Disconnect urges us to reclaim the democratizing potential of the digital revolution while we still can.
About the Author
Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy and Communication Revolution. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
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