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The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age Kindle Edition
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It is rare that I get book this clear, this well thought out and this well organized. The People’s Platform condemns Web 2.0 for making everyone a serf in the billionaires’ playground. We create content, we upload everything in our lives, we list our friends and contacts for the social media sites to exploit, and we get nothing for it, at all. We do it for the “freedom” it gives us, for the creative license it gives us, for the feeling of community it gives us. The massive profits from it go entirely elsewhere. And those same corporations now dispense with our services for the freebies we give them.
The Internet is a funnel. We follow our friends, their comments and their likes and end up buying what they buy or recommend. Facebook even adds our photos to our likes, so friends will know immediately it’s us and it’s true. We populate whole websites with uploaded content for free, so that giant corporations can reap the benefits of either the content or the data about us and all the people we name. A prime example is book reviews, which have certain among us slavishly reading books and analyzing them for the benefit of the site’s sales. Writing critical reviews results in negative votes, which lower the reviewer’s rank, so the successful reviews tend be rather cheery. Taylor calls it digital feudalism, where users work the digital farm and owners reap the very real profits. “Online, originality doesn’t pay; aggregation does.”
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Ms. Taylor reminds us that the on-and offline worlds are deeply connected. Sharing her own struggles with us, Ms. Taylor explains how the work of cultural production remains labor intensive for most filmmakers, musicians and journalists. However, as the Internet forces prices down to zero due to the relative ease of copying and distributing content, the author contends that the ecosystem supporting cultural producers has been rapidly crumbling around us.
As corporations shed workers dedicated to important vocations such as investigative journalism, Ms. Taylor challenges the ludicrous idea that mass amateurism can substitute for the work of dedicated professionals. The rhetoric of end user empowerment masks a private agenda to profits from the public’s voluntary labors; while BP’s purchase of search terms related to the recent Gulf oil spill demonstrates how corporations use their power to control the message. Discussing the Internet’s rampant sexism, inequality and lack of diversity, Ms. Taylor convincingly argues that the Internet has reinforced the power structures of the real world – not empowered the weak.
One of the finest attributes of this book is how Ms. Taylor challenges the libertarianism of the technology industry. Ms. Taylor says that practically, the Net is not really an open platform.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Very important topics, but very accessible. Knowledge in the subject matter not required.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Terrific! Taylor has a rare talent and a infectious passion for her topic.Published 11 months ago by Ricki Fitzpatrick
Very well written and covers a range of important topics in depth. Too many discussions about the digital age focus on one extreme or another, but in this book the author considers... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. W.
Book is very eye opening. I had to ready it for a class and it definitely opened me up to a lot of ideas I didn't know a lot about. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Emily
This is a must read for anyone interested in creativity and cultural production. I found it enlightening, well thought out, and ultimately inspiring. Don't delay. Read today.Published 17 months ago by Hope
This is a very interesting topic and no doubt the author went to extensive efforts to research and present it accurately, however, I found it nearly impossible to comprehend. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Laura
This book is filled with so many research-based insights and simple common sense about the effect of the Internet on our lives, I cannot recommend it highly enough Among one of my... Read morePublished 20 months ago by bookworm
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