By Astra Taylor

ISBN-10: 0007525605

ISBN-13: 9780007525607

From a state of the art cultural commentator and documentary filmmaker, a daring and remarkable problem to adored notions of the net because the nice democratizing strength of our age.

The net has been hailed as a spot the place all will be heard and everybody can take part both. yet how actual is that this declare? In a seminal dismantling of techno-utopian visions, The People's Platform argues that for all that we "tweet" and "like" and "share," the net in truth displays and amplifies real-world inequities not less than up to it ameliorates them. on-line, simply as off-line, recognition and effect principally accrue to those that have already got lots of either. What we've seen within the digital international up to now, Astra Taylor says, has been now not a revolution yet a rearrangement. even though Silicon Valley tycoons have eclipsed Hollywood moguls, a handful of giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and fb nonetheless dominate our lives. And the worst conduct of the outdated media model--the strain to be fast and sensational, to hunt effortless big name, to attract the broadest attainable public--have proliferated on-line, the place each click on should be measured and the place "aggregating" the paintings of others is the optimal option to allure eyeballs and advert profit. In a global the place tradition is "free," inventive paintings has diminishing worth, and advertisements fuels the approach, the hot order appears suspiciously like the previous one.

We can do greater, Taylor insists. the web global does provide an extraordinary chance, yet a democratic tradition that helps varied voices, paintings of lasting price, and equitable enterprise practices won't seem by reason of know-how by myself. If we need the web to actually be a people's platform, we'll need to make it so.

About the Author:
Astra Taylor is a author and documentary filmmaker. Her motion pictures contain Zizek!, a function documentary concerning the world's so much outrageous thinker, and tested existence, a chain of tours with modern thinkers. Her writing has seemed within the kingdom, Salon, per thirty days overview, The Baffler and different courses. She lives in long island urban.

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