The System: Who Owns the Internet, and How It Owns Us (Hardback)James Ball (author)
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Peering behind the programs and the platforms to glimpse the real people who drive the internet forward, James Ball uncovers wealth, influence and power on an immense scale.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
Ball, with this biography of the internet, takes us beyond Zuckerberg, Bezos et al into a murkier world where we discover how everything online works and who benefits from it. Fascinating, engaging and important, too * Observer *
Ball is a sprightly writer and a master explainer . . . He has a gift for choosing which details to bring forth . . . He does an excellent job here of showing how the system works, where its levers of power are, and how they can be moved. Which is important. It's important because you have an interest too . . . The System could not be more timely * Spectator *
'An illuminating and focused guide on who controls the internet and how it controls us. Will change how you see the world -- Peter Pomerantsev, author of 'This is Not Propaganda'
An excellent summary of how we got where we are, and how we can move forwards to build a better internet -- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
A crisp, highly informative introduction to what ails the information industry and what can be done about it. Ball's analysis is thorough and courageously even-handed -- Praise for 'Post-Truth' * The Times *
A vivid analysis of how the business models and incentives currently prevailing in digital media render decent discourse all but inaudible -- Kazuo Ishiguro, Praise for 'Post-Truth' * Guardian, Summer Reads *
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