Synopses & Reviews
Radical connectivity--our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally--is altering the exercise of power with dramatic speed and reshaping our biggest institutions. Governments, corporations, centers of knowledge, and expertise are eroding before the power of the individual. In some cases this is a positive development, but as Mele reveals, the promise of the Internet comes with a troubling downside. He asks: How do we trust information when journalists are replaced by bloggers, phone videos, and tweets? Will the collapse of two-party government bring us qualified leaders or demagogues and special-interest-controlled politicians? When web-based micro-businesses can out-compete major corporations, who enforces basic regulations--product safety, privacy protection, fraud, and tax collection?
Unless we exercise deliberate moral choice over the design and use of technologies, Mele contends, we doom ourselves to a future that tramples human values, renders social structures chaotic, and destroys rather than enhances freedom. Both hopeful and alarming, thought-provoking and passionately-argued, The End of Big is an important book about our present--and our future.
"Mele, an early pioneer in web political and business strategy, offers a treatise on how digital media is reshaping for both better and worse the major institutions of society and shattering long-standing hierarchies. In his performance, Sean Runnette adopts a style that seems a bit monotone but because this title centers on the triumph of outlaw 'nerd culture' and the growth of the Internet, his delivery seems to matches the cerebral aspects of the narrative. Runnette does convey a range of emotion in sections addressing the urgent need for society to preserve civic ideals and principles in the uncharted waters of new media. Runette also utilizes deliberate annunciation and shifts in rhythm to emphasize key points. However, listeners not already steeped in public policy issues related to technology may find themselves a little lost. A St. Martin's hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Well worth hearing and contemplating.”
—Audiobooks Today Booklist
“[Sean Runnettes] smooth delivery makes him a great narrator for this audiobook. He easily maintains listeners attention with his gentle but firm voice as he navigates the text seamlessly.”
—AudioFile Library Journal
“Runnette sounds . . . like he is having an intimate meeting with a small group of people. . . . His voice is pleasing to the ear, soft, and mellifluous. . . . Runnettes low-key reading makes the title not only easy to follow but down-right compelling.”
“Sean Runnettes varied tones make Meles intricate arguments easy to follow.”
Internet pioneer and Harvard Kennedy School lecturer Nicco Mele draws on nearly twenty years of experience to explore the consequences of revolutionary technology.
About the Author
SEAN RUNNETTE is a multiple Earphones winner, including one for his narration of The Curve of the World
(with Highbridge Audio). He has also directed and produced more than 200 audiobooks including several Audie® Award winners. He is an American Repertory Theater company member and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines. TV and film appearances include Two if by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law and Order, 3rd Watch
and lots and lots of commercials. When not behind the mike, he also produced audiobooks and other works.
NICCO MELE is an adjunct professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an expert on political campaigns in the digital world. His firm, EchoDitto, is a leading Internet strategy consulting company working with a long list of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit institutions, and individuals.