The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
ISBN: 0307390993
EAN13: 9780307390998
Language: English
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today's great information powers-Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T-Tim Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. 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? Here, Tim Wu shows how a battle royale for Internet's future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.