The Master Switch

The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Author(s): Tim Wu
Original Publish Date: Nov 02, 2010
Product Number: EB00170918
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307594655
Publisher: Vintage
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A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today's great information powers–Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T–Tim Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry–from the telephone to radio to film–once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book, Tim Wu asks: will the Internet follow the same fate? Could the Web–the entire flow of American information–come to be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of "the master switch"? Here, Tim Wu shows how a battle royale for Internet's future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.

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Author(s): Tim Wu
Narrator(s): Marc Vietor 
Product Number BN1584
Released: Jun 19, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781455883615