The Master Switch:
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
by Tim Wu
Read by Marc Vietor
Unabridged - 12 Compact Discs / 14 hours.
Audiobook Published by Brilliance Audio
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BUSINESS: 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”?
Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers — Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T — Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. He shows how a battle royal for the Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.
“Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous—a tour de force.” — The New York Review of Books
“Entertaining. . . . There’s a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu’s masterful survey.” — The Boston Globe