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The Internet is Not the Answer (original 2015; udgave 2015)

af Andrew Keen (Forfatter)

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"Since its creation during the Cold War, the Internet, together with the World Wide Web, personal computers, tablets, and smartphones, has ushered in the Digital Revolution, one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. There are many positive ways in which the Internet has contributed to the world, but as a society we are less aware of the Internet's deeply negative effects. In 2007, Andrew Keen, a longtime Silicon Valley-based observer of the digital world and a serial Internet entrepreneur, published one of the first Internet-sceptic books, The Cult of the Amateur, which asked how quality content can be created in an online environment that demands everything for free. In Keen's new book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, he offers a comprehensive look at what the Internet is doing to our lives. The book traces the technological and economic history of the Internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity. Successful Internet companies have produced astronomical returns on investment, and venture capital and the profit motive have become the primary drivers of innovation. In this sharp, witty narrative, informed by the work of other writers, reporters, and recent academic studies as well as his own research and interviews, Keen shows us the tech world, warts and all--from hoodie-wearing misfit millionaires, to the NSA's all-encompassing online surveillance, to the impact of the Internet on unemployment and economic inequality. The Internet Is Not the Answer is a big-picture look at what the Internet is doing to our society and an investigation into what we can do to try to make sure that the decisions we are making about the reconfiguring of our world do not lead to unpleasant, unforeseen aftershocks" --… (mere)
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Titel:The Internet is Not the Answer
Forfattere:Andrew Keen (Forfatter)
Info:Atlantic Books (2015), Edition: Export/Airside
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Where would we be without the internet and the world wide web in particular? Since its conception in the 1960’s (yes really that long ago) it has grown at an exponential rate and has come to permeate our entire lives in a variety of different ways. In its short existence, it has had bubbles as investors have rushed into schemes, made people fortunes as well as almost become as essential as shelter, food and water. For every laudable use for the net to connect like-minded people across the globe there are many dubious activities; theft, fraud, deception and trolling spring to mind. What you also have now is a consolidation of power as the huge monoliths of the web, Facebook, Google, Amazon have brazenly bullied, bought and pushed their way to the top of the virtual pile.

With this concentration of power has come a pervasive surveillance by the state and private companies of every activity that we do online. There is a concentration of wealth in these people that own and run these organisations too. The negative effects that this is having is only just starting to become visible and from what Keen describes is happening in San Francisco with the polarisation of the rich and poor, it is not going to be pleasant as it affects the wider society. He has written an interesting take on the state of the net and some of the subjects reported in the book are quite eye opening. Whether or not we are too late to do anything about it, time will tell. 3.5 stars ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
"while brick-and-mortar retailers employ 47 people for every $10 million in sales, Amazon employs 14 people to generate the same $10 million sales revenue. Amazon...is a job killer rather than a job creator, having destroyed a net 27,000 jobs in the American economy in 2012." Google, likewise, needs to employ only 46,000 people to generate its 2014 $400 billion in revenue. Instagram, had 13 full-time employees when it was sold for a billion dollars; the app, meanwhile, forced Kodak to lay of 47,000 workers.

That about sums up the depressing argument of this excellent book. ( )
  dono421846 | Jan 1, 2020 |
What drew me to this book was the title. How is the Internet not the answer? So I read it and found out exactly why. Keen's argument is pretty straight-forward. Rather than doing what it promised, the internet is doing the opposite by dividing people more than before. The internet also demolishes the economies of everyone not lucky enough to be in the small inclusive club of people in Silicon Valley.

Starting with the history of the internet, it talks about the development of TCP/IP and other formative technologies and the development of the World Wide Web system of hyperlinks. This part was pretty interesting.

Each chapter talks about a different aspect of the internet, but most of it centers on the impact it has on the economy and the impact it has on people. It spends one chapter talking about the loss of privacy and another talking about how a lot of the billionaires in Silicon Valley treat other human beings. It is quite eye-opening and vomit-inducing. This vomit would be squarely in the rage category, though. It is really irritating to hear about someone that has a massive fleet of cars, a private jet, and a solid gold house when plenty of people in the surrounding city can't even pay their bills. I'm not exactly against someone being successful, but this vapid consumerism really tries my patience sometimes. The loss of privacy as I mentioned before is mostly due to people Instagramming themselves or Googling things.

Another thing I don't understand is what the point all is. If all things can be made off of something like a 3-D Printer and manufacturing people lose their jobs, what will everyone do all day? Will we become like those huge fat people in Wall-E? Is that what people from Silicon Valley want to happen? From this book, yeah, that is what people from Silicon Valley want.

Anyway, this book was well done. I enjoyed it, but don't really like the harsh reality it portrays. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Es schadet gewiss nicht, wenn ein Buch wie dieses die „schöne neue Welt“ von Google, Face-book, Uber etc. kritisch beleuchtet. Spannend fand ich die These des Autors, dass sich eine neue Feudalgesellschaft wie im Mittelalter herausbildet, deren Oberschicht – die CEOs des Silicon Valleys – ebenso von der Realität der einfachen Leute abgehoben sind wie damals der Hochadel. Meiner Meinung nach hätte aber deren Umgang mit den Userdaten etwas mehr Platz eingeräumt werden müssen, während viele andere Angaben im Buch nur mässig rele-vant sind. Der grösste Schwachpunkt des Buches ist vielleicht, dass es sich nicht entscheiden kann, ob es eine Polemik oder ein Sachbuch sein will: Für eine Polemik ist es viel zu lang, zu viel sich wiederholendes „Google-Bashing“, und für ein Sachbuch zu einseitig und subjektiv. ( )
  simplicimus | Jan 8, 2018 |
¿Por qué todos asumimos sin dudar que la nueva economía de internet será nuestra salvación y que la crisis actual es el paso indispensable hacia un nuevo paradigma? Cuando parece que todas las respuestas las tenga Google, Andrew Keen pone encima de la mesa los peligros de internet y trata temas como la falta de privacidad y el gran poder de los datos que en este momento están fuera de control. También reflexiona sobre el modelo de sociedad que ha creado internet, una sociedad narcisista y desigual en la que es más importante el momento que la reflexión, la imagen que la persona, el avatar que la realidad.
  Fuguillas | Feb 28, 2017 |
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"Since its creation during the Cold War, the Internet, together with the World Wide Web, personal computers, tablets, and smartphones, has ushered in the Digital Revolution, one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. There are many positive ways in which the Internet has contributed to the world, but as a society we are less aware of the Internet's deeply negative effects. In 2007, Andrew Keen, a longtime Silicon Valley-based observer of the digital world and a serial Internet entrepreneur, published one of the first Internet-sceptic books, The Cult of the Amateur, which asked how quality content can be created in an online environment that demands everything for free. In Keen's new book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, he offers a comprehensive look at what the Internet is doing to our lives. The book traces the technological and economic history of the Internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity. Successful Internet companies have produced astronomical returns on investment, and venture capital and the profit motive have become the primary drivers of innovation. In this sharp, witty narrative, informed by the work of other writers, reporters, and recent academic studies as well as his own research and interviews, Keen shows us the tech world, warts and all--from hoodie-wearing misfit millionaires, to the NSA's all-encompassing online surveillance, to the impact of the Internet on unemployment and economic inequality. The Internet Is Not the Answer is a big-picture look at what the Internet is doing to our society and an investigation into what we can do to try to make sure that the decisions we are making about the reconfiguring of our world do not lead to unpleasant, unforeseen aftershocks" --

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