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Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy

Move Fast and Break Things How Facebook Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy A stinging polemic that traces the destructive monopolization of the Internet by Google Facebook and and that proposes a new future for musicians journalists authors and filmmakers in the digital

  • Title: Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy
  • Author: Jonathan Taplin
  • ISBN: 9780316275774
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A stinging polemic that traces the destructive monopolization of the Internet by Google, Facebook and , and that proposes a new future for musicians, journalists, authors and filmmakers in the digital age.Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the IA stinging polemic that traces the destructive monopolization of the Internet by Google, Facebook and , and that proposes a new future for musicians, journalists, authors and filmmakers in the digital age.Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating three monopoly firms Facebook, and Google that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries.Taplin offers a succinct and powerful history of how online life began to be shaped around the values of the men who founded these companies, including Peter Thiel and Larry Page tolerating piracy of books, music, and film while at the same time promoting opaque business practices and subordinating privacy of individual users to create the surveillance marketing monoculture in which we now live.The enormous profits that have come with this concentration of power tell their own story Since 2001, newspaper and music revenues have fallen by 70%, book publishing, film and television profits have also fallen dramatically Revenues at Google in this same period grew from 400 million to 74.5 billion Google s YouTube today controls 60% of the streaming audio business and pays only 11% of the streaming audio revenues More creative content is being consumed than ever before, but less revenue is flowing to creators and owners of the content.With the reallocation of money to monopoly platforms comes a shift in power Google, Facebook, and now enjoy political power on par with Big Oil and Big Pharma, which in part explains how such a tremendous shift in revenues from artists to platforms could have been achieved and why it has gone unchallenged for so long.The stakes in this story go far beyond the livelihood of any one musician or journalist As Taplin observes, the fact that and Americans receive their news, music and other forms of entertainment from a small group of companies poses a real threat to democracy Move Fast and Break Things offers a vital, forward thinking prescription for how artists can reclaim their audiences using knowledge of the past and a determination to work together Using his own half century career as a music and film producer and early pioneer of streaming video online, Taplin offers new ways to think about the design of the World Wide Web and specifically the way we live with the firms that dominate it.

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    1. Move Fast and Break Things made me angry. Why? Because I really wanted the book to be great. Alas, it isn't. Let me explain. I'm very sympathetic to Taplin's general thesis: Yes, the internet broke the traditional media system. Yes, the downward spiral that followed hurt exactly the wrong people, the creators. Yes, the giant internet platforms of our era - particularly Google, Facebook, and - certainly show monopolistic traits. And yes, the libertarian school-of-thought Taplin depicts in his bo [...]


    2. Uma ótima crítica ao poder que Google, , Apple e Facebook têm e as mudanças estão provocando, mas com uma visão falha/parcial em certo ponto.Jonathan Taplin foi produtor de Bob Dylan e de vários filmes. Então o ponto de vista do livro é o de como a internet e as grandes corporações atuais empobreceram bastante a indústria da qual ele fez parte. Sobre isso, tem uma série de outros livros que já li na tag internet, falando mais ou menos o mesmo. Como indústrias que ainda não são r [...]


    3. This book wasn’t what I was expecting. I guess that’s what I get for not reading past Break Things.Move Fast and Break Things is a biased work in which a guy who spent his career in the music industry bemoans the death of that golden goose and blames tech for the plight of the modern artist.It’s well-written. The pacing is perfect, but the underlying arguments, specifically those centered around the state of content creation, are flawed. Many of the later sections are quite good, but chapt [...]


    4. Anticipated reading this, believed I would enjoy reading it, but although I sympathize with the author argument on tech overlord monopolies, this isn't a good work. I have trouble envisioning the author as professor (as it says on the book sleeve) as it's written in the style of 3rd grade reading comprehension level political polemic. The author makes chain associations that are ridiculous and often veers into his animus over internet piracy and how back in the good 'ol days (the 60s and 70s) ar [...]


    5. Tiene partes buenas, pero otras son puro cherry-picking con tufillo a señor mayor gritándole a las nubes.


    6. Though I've only read an excerpt from the limited ARC I got, my interest has been piqued. It's quite rare to find a person Taplin, whose background was working with musical legends, and showing us that this background could bring out a story that handles a part of internet history that we're not privy to and how a core group of people and companies could create the value system surrounding the web and dictate how we as consumers use the internet today.I look forward to buying the book to see if [...]


    7. I have a bit of a mixed reaction to this book. To start, the introduction seemed real scatter-shot in its writing style. Partly I think this was simply because it was a broad overview of the ideas he wanted to get to throughout the book, but the pattern continued, though to a lesser degree. However, I came to a greater appreciation of his broad scope of thought and forgive what I thought was a choppy execution.Also, early in the book I struggled to accept his portrayal of the negative of the tec [...]


    8. I found the book to be quite enlightening, reinforcing and extending some of the concerns I've had about tech culture. The book is well paced, developing the theme of the book without repeating topics. And the author seems to handle the subjects with a degree of honesty. He could have just written a screed against all technology, but Apple seems to get something of a pass and Mark Zuckerberg is portrayed somewhat sympathetically when discussed (though Facebook's data collection is not).I did hav [...]


    9. In the spirit of a central premise of the book (respect the providers of original content) here are some informed reviews:theguardian/books/201enational/arts-cultuWorth reading if you want to gain a better understanding of the ideology and personalities behind the rise of the internet and the impact it has had on culture.


    10. The main thesis is that Libertarians who digested Ayn Rand invented the Internet. They've caused all sorts of problems that we really haven't dealt with. Because of Robert Bork, our anti-trust laws have essentially disappeared. The Internet killed the musician. Data is the reason why Hollywood can't do anything besides superhero and other sequels. There were some good tidbits in this book and I enjoyed the book, although I have to admit that I'm a bit tired of scattershot books. This book could [...]



    11. Hot topic in which I am deeply involved. The book is biased. Easy to read. Very political. Too political.


    12. I went into this book with some questions in my mind about where we are going with technology in our world. All three sites mentioned in the title are my "go to" sites where I spend a vast majority of my time on the internet. Before reading, I wondered if I would find connections with the author's background in the entertainment industry (particularly music) - I enjoy music, but my understanding of the "industry" is limited. He gives the reader enough of a backstory to make the reader empathize [...]



    13. The next time you post on Facebook, upload a video to YouTube, or use a Google product, take a moment to stop and realize that you are, in essence, an unpaid employee of these corporations. After all, you are creating the content from which they are reaping billions of dollars in terms of marketing and advertising. Taplin examines the rise of these "monopoly platforms" which have created the surveillance-data mining-marketing culture in which we now live. He frames his argument from the perspect [...]


    14. So Google, Facebook and are bad because as platforms they are monopolies/ monopsonies. Even though Taplin confesses that he himself uses facebook. Their major sins:1. They don't produce any content but earn from the artists' sweat and blood. Youtube takes 45% of the ad earnings. The old media companies used to groom artists and produce original content. 2. They drive down prices of songs and earnings for artists. Record companies used to sell whole albums even if fans only want one or two songs [...]


    15. “Unless you are breaking stuff, you aren’t moving fast enough” — Mark ZuckerbergThis book will make you think twice the next time you share anything on Facebook, do a search on Google or made a purchase on . It would be interesting to hear Taylor Swift and Pewdiepie's reaction to their mentions in the book. My favorite takeaway would be the description on how you present your "future self" on Facebook, in contrast to the "current you" in life. Facebook has built its works around huma [...]


    16. 303.4833 TAPsummary: Internet is not what was envisioned: overthrow political hierarchy and decrease inequality, decentralize controls, deepen our knowledge base, a new platform for democratic communication, creative tools for artists, become instead of tools of monopoly, winner-takes-all economy of the Internet age. Internet increase inequality, intensify monopolization.Basically Facebook, Google, , with tools, filter what audience want to see, hear, listen. These winner take all promote monopo [...]



    17. Taplin had a fantastic premise for this book (which is why I wanted to read it), but the execution just completely fell short, flat, and the whole thing was kind of a disjointed, incoherent mess of barely-related ramblings. Truthfully, it felt like reading one of those Facebook comments on a controversial article, in which the poster possesses a lot of information and opinions and attempts to convey a point, but ultimately needs a TL;DR at the end.He brings up a lot of valid concerns (privacy, d [...]


    18. This book is at the same time a shocking and amazing read. Even if we try and deny it, our lives today are dominated by large tech firms: principally Google, and Facebook. So what? We have the ability to communicate with anyone, order anything we want at any time, and locate the most obscure fact in a second. It's a rosy picture. But do we ever stop to take a step back from our own lives and understand who these internet behemoths are and what their global impact is? Taplin, a writer and film p [...]


    19. This book makes a convincing case on the dangers of monopolistic power in various industries in America. Airlines, for example, have dropped from 9 to 4 companies (American, Delta, United & Southwest); a handful of insurance giants control 83% of US health insurance (Anthem, Blue Cross Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna and Cigna); three drug stores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid) control 99% of drug stores, and so on. But the bleakest picture focuses on the high tech industry: Google which has 88% [...]


    20. It's hard to imagine and really understand how fast modern technology has been moving in the past several years. The iPhone, for example, a device millions of people panic about misplacing or being without for 5 minutes, was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007, the iPad only in 2010 -- merely 7 YEARS AGO. Google, Facebook, and all the other internet mainstays we use on a daily basis, are very, very new technologies. And yet, the speed at which they have been implemented is rivaled only by the speed [...]


    21. "The false democracy that places art and random uploads side by side has, I believe, led too many to believe that art is easy to make and therefore not valuable.""What I mistook as only a culture war is an economic war. It is likely only a preview of American capitalism in the digital age."I liked this one. There's a lot of important information, and plenty of anecdotes about what a creepy, egomaniacal monster Peter Thiel is. I agree with the author that it's time giant companies like Google cam [...]


    22. Thanks a ton to Net Galley for the ARC.I really enjoyed this book and I will assign it to my students. This book is essentially Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma but for the internet. There is a lot to think about and there is a lot to research. I do not want to make any moralistic claims based solely on this book, but it has changed my thinking on things. I had not heard of Bandcamp, I am going to check that place out and become a patron over there for sure. I am giving the book four star [...]


    23. When someone talks about Facebook, Google, or , they usually have the perspective of a consumer. But one aspect that I rarely had encountered, was that of a producer; and believe me, the producers' perspective will be surprising to many of us, and that's where the notion of monopoly and monopsony in tech emerges. You might wonder, why would I care about the producers' perspective? If you want to consume high-quality content, journalism, movies, or music, then you should care about the people who [...]


    24. Ambitious for its length, Taplin's book tries to be a lot of things—polemic against techno-determinism, history of the rise and fall of the recording industry, defense of strong copyright and antitrust protections, and philosophical consideration of the role of art and technology—and it succeeds at some of these things far better than others. Taplin's general cultural criticism tends towards vagueness and truisms, while his critiques succeed most when they demonstrate how Silicon Valley dogm [...]


    25. Judging a book by its cover is not the mistake you want to make here. The title alone makes you want to dive right in at the library or Barnes and Noble and start reading before you even leave. This was not this case for me. Within the first three chapter I knew it was going to be hard to finish. Yes, Jonathan Taplin took the time to write this but this book could have been much better if it had not come from him. Google, Facebook, and did corner the market but that’s Capitalism. The simple f [...]


    26. Scattered, unfocused and ultimately very flawed.Jonathan Taplin starts out documenting how artists and creative people have been getting the ravens of the stick more and more, citing the example of the late Kevin Helm who had to start performing again in his 70s while fighting cancer because the current digital era had seen his income from The Band's work cut to a trickle.Most of the book focuses on the big three, Google, Facebook, and , and the way that a small group of people had managed to ke [...]


    27. Really only giving it a 3 b/c the book's less about big tech monopolies and democracy as it is big tech companies and their impact on music, movies and TV and also democracy and shitty libertarians. (Seriously, I hate libertarians so much more after reading this. And I already hated them a lot! Fuckin' anti-government assholes getting rich off a platform - the internet - literally created by the government. Fuck.) Covered different aspects of things I'd read elsewhere - the Koch's and Jane Meyer [...]


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