Document (#36954)

Author
Morozov, E.
Title
¬The net delusion : the dark side of internet freedom
Imprint
New York : Public Affairs
Year
2011
Pages
XVII, 409 S
Isbn
978-1-586-48874-1
Abstract
"The revolution will be Twittered!" declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran. But as journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov argues in "The Net Delusion," the Internet is a tool that both revolutionaries and authoritarian governments can use. For all of the talk in the West about the power of the Internet to democratize societies, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. Social media sites have been used there to entrench dictators and threaten dissidents, making it harder--not easier--to promote democracy. In this spirited book, journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov shows that by falling for the supposedly democratizing nature of the Internet, Western do-gooders may have missed how it also entrenches dictators, threatens dissidents, and makes it harder-not easier-to promote democracy. Buzzwords like "21st-century statecraft" sound good in PowerPoint presentations, but the reality is that "digital diplomacy" requires just as much oversight and consideration as any other kind of diplomacy. Marshalling a compelling set of case studies, " The Net Delusion" shows why the cyber-utopian stance that the Internet is inherently liberating is wrong, and how ambitious and seemingly noble initiatives like the promotion of "Internet freedom" are misguided and, on occasion, harmful.
Content
The Google doctrine -- Texting like it's 1989 -- Orwell's favorite lolcat -- Censors and sensibilities -- Hugo Chavez would like to welcome you to the spinternet -- Why the KGB wants you to join Facebook -- Why Kierkegaard hates slacktivism -- Open networks, narrow minds : cultural contradictions of internet freedom -- Internet freedoms and their consequences -- Making history (more than a browser menu) -- The wicked fix.
Footnote
Rez. in: JASIST 62(2011) no.12, S.2540-2543 (C. Leslie)
Theme
Internet
LCSH
Internet / Political aspects
Internet / Censorship
Computers / Access control
Freedom of information
RSWK
Internet / Informationsfreiheit / Zensur
Internet / Privatsphäre / Datenschutz
Internet / Freiheit / Demokratisierung
Internet / Demokratie / Informationsgesellschaft / Freiheit / Zensur / Überwachung / Diktatur / Soziales Netzwerk / Informationsfreiheit / Informationsverarbeitung
Internet / Demokratisierung / Utopie (BVB)
Demokratisierung / Internet / Informationsfreiheit (SWB)
BK
05.38 / Neue elektronische Medien <Kommunikationswissenschaft>
DDC
303.48/33
LCC
HM851 .M665 2011
RVK
AP 18420

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