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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He argues persuasively that U. His relentless and highly repetitive critique goes overboard when it veers into all-too familiar territory already plowed by other Internet pessimists and cultural critics beginning back in the s with the late social critic Neil Postman. Return to Book Page. In fact, the use of these tools can lead to exposure for those tweeting the revolution, in some ways counterbalancing that revolution by exposing xelusion leaders, their friends, and associates.

Morozov evgney on a crusade against ‘Internetic-centric foreign policy’ and ‘cyber-utopianism’, which he describes as a constellation of power interests linking Silicon Valley tech companies Google, Twitter, Facebook with Cold Warriors Cheney, Clinton, Rumsfeld in a profoundly misguided and dangerous effort to promote democracy overseas through technology. It does force them to make certain trade-offs as they look to modernize their economies. 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.

And the author really seems to dislike Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov: review

In reading The Net Delusion and Click Here, I was attempting to develop a cohesive personal position on the problems of internet advocacy. This lack of theory exacerbates the other problem with a lack of theoretical perspective; the inability to incorporate new information.

The accuracy of such reports is impossible to verify and easy to manipulate. On Epistemology in Democracy Global experience over the last decade is clear: These values, values that Morozov argues in defense of, are the same negative aspects that he vilifies when placed in the echo chamber of Silicon Valley. The penultimate chapter is a fantastic exploration of the ways in whic A refreshing read in the age of cyber-utopianism.


Foreign policy is not immune to this internet-dissonance: But the internet has a major institutional advantage over these traditional sources of public information: Loading comments… Trouble loading? It’s also unclear why opposing free speech because unpleasant people say unpleasant things is a good idea.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 10, Pcbernhard rated it liked it Shelves: Moreover, Morozov argues, the west’s reckless promotion of technological tools as pro-democratic agents has provoked authoritarian regimes to crack down on online activity in some style: The internet, or rather the collection of technologies that make up the internet, is just another in a long series of advances that does the same thing, admittedly on a much larger scale.

Then and now, declarations of technology’s benign omnipotence have been nothing more than thinly veiled attempts at creating a favourable regulatory climate. Twitter has no interest in the veracity of his tweets, just their effect on the size of their customer base. Crowdsourcing only produces trustworthy data when it is apolitical e.

Isn’t this really for policy wonks in a position to do something, I finished more than a third before throwing in the towel. 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.

Videos About This Book. But, as his own diagnosis suggests, svgeny has always been a matter for the passions. It draws parallels between historical and current events and is a must read for anyone who is If it were possible, I’d go for 4 and a half stars for this book.

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

If there was a theory to The Net Delusionyou could ask how new information fits into or changes the framework. His research, analysis, and arguments help us understand critically popular constructions, in the media and the markets, of the net and technology.


Want to Read saving…. This book seems to be a cross between serious policy analysis and popular commentary with the required commentator’s snarkiness masquerading as clever. Topics Computing and the net books The Observer. He discusses the problems with applying this notion that social networking and free internet in oppressed areas is the miracle drug that will free everyone. This book reminds morozoov that, yes, the Internet kicks ass, but it is a tool that can misused by individuals, corporations, and governments.

I think the believe is that freedom of expression leads to democratic action. The prevailing wisdom thd Twitter and Facebook and the virtually infinite bl On Epistemology in Democracy Global experience over the last decade is clear: The evidence for that last claim is overwhelming: In a few years, the rosy glow of evvgeny will color this era as simplistic: On the other, he says that we all need to just chill out and accept the increasing politicization of the Net.

Book Review: The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov

In it, they conclude:. Twitter’s impact was less for Morozob who were disputing the elections and more for Westerners congratulating themselves on push-button digital activism.

Like so many other cultural critics before him, Morozov finds it easy to use caustic wit to tear apart inflated arguments and egos on the other side while also conveniently ignoring the logical consequences of their critiques or bothering to set forth a constructive alternative. Wikileaks barely gets a mention, despite the diplomatic cable leaks beginning in February Evgeny points out that repressive regimes are becoming good at using the Internet to suit their purposes, so the mere fact that there is a free and uncens This is worth reading in combination with The Master Switch for those interested in the topic.