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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These critiques sound very much like mainstream globalization debates with some anti-capitalist rhetoric refocused toward the Internet and digital media communication technologies.

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Perhaps no current eve Granted The Net Delusion is almost a decade old now, its relevance has really come into its own in the past two years where the US has had a kind of social media comeuppance on the grandest scale; i. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Sure, it sets up straw men, but the “the Internet will save the world” crowd can really get ahead of itself, so refuting seemingly ridiculous arguments is sometimes in order here. Technology can be used to rapidly distribute disinformation and increase the effectiveness of morosov oppression.

Feb 13, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: Crowdsourcing only produces trustworthy data nnet it is apolitical e. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Do we know if those communities or causes would have come together at all or spent more money without digital communications and networking technologies? Morozov is on somewhat stronger footing in highlighting the paradoxical danger of voluntary information exposure in an age of ubiquitous digital connectivity and communications.

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

Thus, on one hand, Morozov laments the fact that U. Sep 26, Ian Scuffling rated it liked it Shelves: Published January 1st by PublicAffairs first published November 16th Evgeny Morozov on the dark side of internet freedom. But Morozov just lays it all on a bit too thick for my taste. Freedom of information is no longer such a certain delusionn in political rhetoric, and the web is losing its utopian lustre.


Apr 25, Cathy Ms. The cyber-utopian belief that the Internet would turn us into uber-tolerant mogozov of the world, all too eager to put our vile prejudices on hold and open up our minds to what we see on our monitors, has proved to be unfounded.

The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov: review

After the failed uprising in Iran, the government hunted down dissidents online, tracking them through their emails and using face-recognition technology to identify people from pictures taken on mobile phones. Some parts of this book can be v Morozov views that Western policymakers’ opinions regarding internet freedom very much reflects their Cold War upbringing, in part thinking that the internet is like the samizdat.

We think of it evfeny terms of exposure: It splits wood and opens wine bottles. On the other, he says that we all need to just chill out and accept the increasing politicization of the Net.

It also gives a good overview of peoples expectations to various technologies throughout history such as the telegraph and the airplane.

Trivia About The Net Delusion A lot of salient points, which probably explains why reading it was so ner going. Morozov cites many examples of technology being heralded as a utopia-generator and freedom-enhancer: Like Postman, Morozov wants us to believe that increased access to entertainment and communications technologies breeds societal indifference, and that increased consumerism breeds civic lethargy.

Peer pressure controls that action more than the increased attention to the issue through social networking. In it, they conclude:.

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

Wired is not alone in this attitude and is not the worst; its just an easy target for me because I actually read it. Furthermore, how that same information can be used by the regime to fool other participants aiding in rounding them up.

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This book seems to be a deousion between serious policy analysis and popular commentary with the required commentator’s snarkiness masquerading as clever. Unless we are very careful, he suggests, the moeozov power of new media will in fact bring not democracy and freedom, but the entrenchment of authoritarian regimes.

In police in Azerbaijan reprimanded forty-three people who voted for an Armenian performer Armenia and Azerbaijan are at war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabach territory in the popular Eurovision contest, summoning some of them to police headquarters, where they were accused of undermining national security, and forced to write official explanations. It is a serious book that is probably not amongst the favorites of the digerati because it looks at reality and does not preach wishful thinking.

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.

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Many Russians are happy to comply, not least because of the high morozovv of such online distractions. So it is with the Internet, theft becomes identity theft, crime becomes cyber-crime, child porn becomes child porn file sharing, chain letters become spam and drug dealing in the alley moves to online markets.

Over here, Gordon Brown was equally swept away by cyber-utopianism. Morozov is on the most intriguing ground of all, however, when he steps into the debate over not only what new technology should or can do, but what “the masses” actually tend to use it for: It’s also unclear why opposing free speech because unpleasant people say unpleasant things is a good idea.