Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy


Celebrants and skeptics alike have produced important analyses of the Internet’s impact on us and our international, oscillating among utopian bliss and dystopian hell. yet in line with Robert W. McChesney, arguments on each side fail to handle the connection among fiscal energy and the electronic world.

McChesney’s award-winning Rich Media, negative Democracy skewered the belief society sopping wet in advertisement details is a democratic one. In Digital Disconnect, McChesney returns to this provocative thesis in gentle of the advances of the electronic age. He argues that the pointy decline within the enforcement of antitrust violations, the rise in patents on electronic know-how and proprietary structures and large oblique subsidies and different regulations have made the net a spot of numbing commercialism. A handful of monopolies now dominate the political economic system, from Google, which garners a ninety seven percentage proportion of the cellular seek industry, to Microsoft, whose working method is utilized by over ninety percentage of the world’s desktops. Capitalism’s colonization of the web has spurred the cave in of credible journalism and made the web an unheard of equipment for presidency and company surveillance and a disturbingly antidemocratic force.

In Digital Disconnect, Robert McChesney bargains a groundbreaking critique of the net, urging us to reclaim the democratizing strength of the electronic revolution whereas we nonetheless can.

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