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Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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Praise for Move Fast and Break Things
"Jonathan Taplin's Move Fast and Break Things argues that the radical libertarian ideology and monopolistic greed of many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs helped to decimate the livelihoods of musicians and is now undermining the communal idealism of the early internet."―Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review
"Taplin is uniquely poised to deliver us Move Fast and Break Things, a relentless critique that seeks to answer the above question of why the internet has hindered, rather than helped, those trying to make a living in the arts."
―New York Daily News
"A scathing indictment of these tech companies' greed and arrogance."
"A radical remedy."―The Economist
"A necessary book that shows how the Internet revolution has damaged the way we interact as human beings, along with democracy itself."
"Taplin brings an informed perspective to his task, and an idiosyncratic background...[his] broader explanation of the upheaval in the music and media industries is illuminating."
―Wall Street Journal
"An impassioned new book...Taplin is at his strongest when he pulls back the curtain on vague and lofty terms such as 'digital disruption' to reveal the effects on individual artists...His prose is bold...his overall point is an important one."―Washington Post
"A solid qualitative and quantitative analysis...most every creator of music and film should welcome the clarion call of Taplin's book."
"A breakthrough, must-read book...a tour de force...If you want to understand what has happened to our country and where tech will take us in the era of Trump, put aside some time to read this book. It will take your breath away."
About the Author
Jonathan Taplin is the Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, and a former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, as well as a film producer for Martin Scorsese. An expert in digital media entertainment, Taplin is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the California Broadband Taskforce and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Council on Technology and Innovation.
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I have been a professional tech investor for 35 years. My first investments in Google, Amazon, and Facebook happened when they were tiny private companies. I don't think these companies intended to do harm, but it never occurred to them to take appropriate steps to prevent harm. The result was disastrous. Jonathan Taplin explains it all. If you care about technology or politics, this book is a must read.
All the more so that Ayn Rand is a poor writer, her characters are cliché, they say banal things and she, as an author, reflects a paranoia of Communism - totally understandable in her case, she was a refugee from the Soviet Union and I fully agree with her that the Soviet system was awful, despicable, immoral, dangerous - in short, a catastrophic form of totalitarianism, I've seen it up close, I lived twice in Soviet Russia, in the 1950s and and the 1970s, and I certainly can't think of a worse form of government. This said, her books are passé, they reflect an era that is no more. I've always been surprised to see young Americans going for her, to me, this is an aberration. Her depiction of capitalism and entrepreneurs is hopelessly romantic and unrealistic, in short totally fictional. But now that I've read Jonathan Taplin's book, I understand better what happened and why.
Certainly this book depicts the dark side of Silicon Valley, and, as Taplin himself acknowledged, not everyone is in the grips of Ayn Rand's fictional world. But that many are is a matter for concern. And for anyone wishing to understand the mentality of tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley (and elsewhere) this is a must read. Highly recommended.