The Net Delusion has ratings and reviews. The following is a joint review of two books by Evgeny Morozov and is cross-posted in both review. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom In this spirited book, journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov shows that by falling for the. In his new book, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Evgeny Morozov aims to prick the bubble of hyper-optimism that.

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The accuracy of such reports is impossible to verify and easy to manipulate. In a general setting, this might hurt a corporations marketing plan, but Morozov does something different here. Goldsmith Book Prize for Trade Meanwhile, calls to restrict internet use in America or Europe mark the efforts of responsible governments to protect the minds of their Google-addled youth from offensive content, online scammers or worse. We depend upon them to filter, and sift, and verify what purport to be facts of the world.

This book reminds me that, yes, the Internet kicks ass, but it is a tool that can misused by individuals, corporations, and governments. A refreshing read in the age of delussion. Long story short – the internet and technology is a double edged sword eevgeny can be used for promoting a free exchange of ideas and philosophies and can be used by authoritarian governments to track opposition groups and individuals, spread misinformation, and distract delussion people.

The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov

But Morozov just lays it all on a bit too thick for my taste. Technologies change rapidly but human nature far less so.

It does this by detailing ways that the internet reinforces authoritarian states first, theorizing connections second, and offering anything like a solution a distant third.

Morozov’s analysis is strong, and his writing is often quite funny, a must given the sometimes dry material. However, adding even fractionally to the access of the disempowered means tbe huge gains in their knowledge and connectivity with ideas and others sharing their beliefs.

In the current situation of hour stimulation and expression of opinion, Kierkegaard’s words become relevant ” Only the person who is essentially capable of remaining silent is capable of speaking essentially. Were African relief charities better off in the days when Sally Struthers lectured us on late-night TV about giving more to such causes?

It is treated like the communications tool that it is almost never. He feels that they would support a revolution based on appearances and impressing their friends rather than truly feeling for the cause. Delusipn a visit to Shanghai, Barack Obama was all too happy to extol the virtues of the Internet, saying that “the more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes, because the citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable.


To ask other readers questions about The Net Delusionplease sign up. One thing that is interesting is that Morozov, who spends much of both books warning us of the dangers of painting things with too broad a brush, ddlusion only the most general of advice on how to deal with the challenges he presents. Getting people onto the streets, which may indeed become easier with modern communication tools, is usually the last stage of a protest movement, in both democracies and autocracies.

After all the mafia, prostitution and gambling rings and youth gangs are social networks too, but no one would claim their existence is a net good. Thanks to the WikiLeaks affair, the western world may already have lurched evgehy way towards this awareness since The Net Delusion was written. Two delusions in particular concern Morozov: Apr 26, Vegeny Hughes added it. This well-written study convincingly argues the praise and potential heaped upon the Internet is premature and the mlrozov on democracies not yet fully understood.

Really important book for the modern age- Morozov exposes the cliches that policymakers use when talking about the internet and explains the harm such oversimplifications can cause.

Hearteningly, the program has yhe to have a number of insoluble glitches. Perhaps a less obvious, but more telling way, would have been to see down the road if Internet-supported participation in these social movements created any changes in the political discourse or in protestors’ identities. Dictators are finding there is less dissent in their population the more porn and YouTube they get access to.

It’s also unclear why opposing free speech because unpleasant deluslon say unpleasant thee is a good idea. Morozov is right; American leaders in both government and business need ney better align their actions with their rhetoric when it comes to the interaction of government and technology. Of course increased scrutiny is a good idea, but it was a good idea before Morozov voiced it and it will continue to be a good idea whether you read his books or not.

What is clear, however, is that very few technological or sociological pundits have a clue about the likely impact of technology, especially its impact on political systems. Crowdsourcing only produces trustworthy mmorozov when it is apolitical e.

In the meantime, the reality of the world is that sometimes we do not have sufficient time to do the due diligence on these incredibly complicated scenarios and a lack of action can be as dangerous as the wrong action.


These values, values that Morozov argues in defense of, are the same wvgeny aspects that he vilifies when placed in the echo chamber of Silicon Valley. While state-wide censorship is easy to pinpoint, attack and circumvent by dissidents with the technical knowhow, algorithmic censorship becomes, in essence, invisible as censorship becomes a bubble specific to a targeted individual.

The ideas in this book are not unique. Political power and the governance of internet technologies are complex issues, but the role of the public intellectual to render these complex issues, if not simple, at least comprehensible. In this spirited book, journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov shows that by falling for the supposedly democratizing nature of the Internet, Western do-gooders may have missed how it also entrenches dictators, threatens dissidents, and makes it harder – not easier – to promote democracy.

The Internet cant be both an ineffective way for progressives to organize popular protest and an effective way for reactionaries to organize p This is an interesting book that makes good points.

The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov – review

Why then have so many people — of wildly divergent political views — fallen victim to it? Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Could the recent Western obsession with promoting democracy by digital means backfire? Obviously the use of the internet in Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez had built an impressive following on Twitter and had iron control of the cell phone networks, is going to be different from the use of the internet in China.

The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov: review – Telegraph

Lists with This Book. Failed fixes have long-term and largely unpredictable implications far beyond its original context.

Put so starkly, such extreme beliefs may sound laughable, yet he sees them in action evgney It’s a very interesting read about the state of internet all around the world but especially in authoritarian countries. The Revolution will not be tweeted is the section of the book receiving so much attention, particularly from Malcolm Gladwell.

Give them porn and action movies and suddenly there are less people in the street holding signs. Morozov was one of the first to recognize this as a likely possibility years before Donald Trump executed his coup of the American Republican Party and Vladimir Putin mounted his successful cyber-attack on the US elections.