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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Book Review: The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov

And in that way, this book reads like a collection of highly literate magazine essays–good ones. The prevailing wisdom before Twitter and Facebook and the virtually infinite bl On Epistemology in Democracy Global experience over the last decade is clear: That the internet can be used for surveillance, suppression of free speech, and propaganda purposes is not news, to anyone who has been paying attention. In fact, the use of these tools can lead to exposure for those tweeting the revolution, in some ways counterbalancing that revolution by exposing the leaders, their friends, and associates.

There is no deeper analysis offered to separate out useful mental groupings from those that are close-minded. However, adding even fractionally to the access of the disempowered means proportionally huge gains in their knowledge and connectivity with ideas and others sharing their beliefs. In other words, we should view information as one of many means to the end and not the end in and of itself.

Quotes from The Net Delusion It is true that his argument that we cannot apply a single solution to these wildly varied problems negates the need for a single, all-encompassing fix, but at the same time there is something disingenuous about a desire to effect change that has no ideas, good or bad. Morozov reminds me to take a deep breath, slow down, and remember to think things through. What are we to do about that? 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: Morozov, a young Belarusian-born writer and researcher now based in the US, doesn’t mince his words.

The general progression of things in most states is toward somewhat greater transparency and openness, even if it does not magically spawn regime change overnight.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? But I realized he is far too realist to imagine that international regulation were it even possible would be practically ineffective and asking internet service providers to police is even more frightening than the authoritarian regimes he opposes. These critiques sound very much like mainstream globalization debates with some anti-capitalist rhetoric refocused toward the Internet and digital media communication technologies. He kept using i Really important book for the modern age- Morozov exposes the cliches that policymakers use when talking about the internet and explains the harm such oversimplifications can cause.


This was a fascinating read. Social networks aren’t good to be treasured in themselves. One thing that is interesting is that Morozov, who spends much of both books warning us of the dangers of painting things with too broad a brush, offers only the most general of advice on how to deal with the challenges he presents. Repressive regimes really do face a tension when they embrace modern information and communications morozof.

In a general setting, this might hurt delusioon corporations marketing plan, but Morozov does something different here. Sep 26, Ian Scuffling rated it liked it Shelves: He argues that other causes lead to a successful revolution and to believe that the use of Twitter to organize dslusion effective lead a revolution is foolish and dangerous, in particular to those on the front lines doing the tweeting.

Let the people tweet and they will tweet their way to freedom, insisted korozov of ostensibly sane people. Morozov attacks both cyber-utopians if there are any still out there and neoliberal triumphalists who want to credit the Internet for, well, just about anything that benefits them. We depend upon them to filter, and sift, and verify what purport to be facts of the world.

That generates new ideas. A completely free internet is not desirable, because then there would be no barriers to protect citizens from practices and services deemed illegal.

In reality, the internet can be used by both democracy promoters and anti-democracy groups to both promote their own causes. There is already some evidence to show that when the Federal Reserve System made its sessions public, fewer dissenting opinions were heard by the Board. This book reminds me that, yes, the Internet kicks ass, but it is a tool that can misused by individuals, corporations, and governments.

The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

This book brings it all together. This is broadly true of both books, but is more apparent in Click Here. To ask other readers questions about The Net Delusionplease sign up. The somewha Long story short – the internet and technology is a double edged sword that can be used for promoting a free exchange of ideas de,usion philosophies and can be used by authoritarian governments to track opposition groups and individuals, spread misinformation, and distract the people.


Were African relief charities better off in the days when Sally Struthers lectured us on late-night TV about giving more to such causes? And when it comes to Internet freedoms, one size does not fit in all cases. Oct 28, Jorge Cab rated it did not mirozov it. Letting the digerati worm their way into political decision-making is extremely ill advised.

There’s an anguish here that emerges most clearly when Morozov talks about his native Belarus, where “no angry tweets or text messages, no matter how eloquent, have been able to rekindle the democratic spirit of the masses, who, to a large extent, have drowned in a bottomless reservoir of spin and hedonism, created by a government that has moroozv its Deusion.

Furthermore, Morozov also highlights how the internet can be used by authoritarian governments for wvgeny and censorship, citing Russian and Chinese examples. He argues persuasively that U.

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

Yet for all the talk about the democratizing power of the Internet, delusikn in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. 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. Furthermore, how that same information can be used by the regime to fool other participants aiding in rounding them up.

The Internet is useless without a strong functional state to institutionalise the rule of law, observe legislation to promote access to information, facilitate viable and diversified economies to support mixed media systems, ensure functional and independent tribunals that support the public’s right to know, control corruption inside and outside newsrooms, and stop violence against reporters, sources and citizens.

However, as the book progresses and broadens its scope, the lessons, warnings, and information Morozov provides is truthfully more relevant morozoov ever, and the book is a challenging undertaking in examining deep structures of our current political This was a fascinating read.

Apr 03, Shua rated it it was amazing Shelves: In most cases, the only people who still believe in the ideal of an electronic global village are those who would have become tolerant cosmopolitans even without the Internet:

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