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CINEMA Going in Style: Old dogs turned rookie robbers

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BOOK REVIEW An abstemious revolutionary

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by Andrew Keen

(London: Atlantic Books, 2015)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN: 9781782393412
Price: AUD$34.95

 

Book description

In this controversial new book, Andrew Keen argues that the Internet has had a disastrous impact on all our lives — and outlines what we must do to change it, before it’s too late.

The worldwide web is now a quarter of a century old. Invented in 1989, there can be no doubt that the web, and the new businesses it has enabled, has transformed the world. But, according to Andrew Keen, this disruption has been a terrible failure. In The Internet is not the Answer, Keen has written a sharp, witty polemic proving that, so far, the web has been mostly a disaster for everyone except a tiny group of young privileged white male Silicon Valley multi-millionaires.

Rather than making us wealthier, the unregulated digital market is making us all poorer. Rather than generating jobs, it is causing unemployment. Rather than holding our rulers to account, it is creating a brightly-lit, radically transparent prison in which everything we do is recorded. Rather than promoting democracy, it is empowering mob rule. And rather than fostering a new renaissance, it is encouraging a culture of distraction, vulgarity and narcissism.

So what is to be done? The next 25 years are key, Keen explains, because, by 2040, everyone alive will be online. In The Internet is not the Answer, he disrupts the disrupters by laying out a five-part solution to the crisis. He says we need to rethink the web, revive government authority, rebuild the value of content, resurrect privacy and, above all, reconceive humanity.

The stakes couldn’t be higher, he warns. If we do nothing at all, this new technology and the companies that control it will continue to impoverish us all.

 

About the author

Andrew Keen is an Anglo-American entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and speaker. He is currently the host of Keen On, the popular Techcrunch chat show, a columnist for CNN and a regular commentator for many other newspapers, radio and television networks around the world. His books include Digital Vertigo and The Cult of the Amateur.


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