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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I was expecting an angry screed about the evils of the internet, like many books written these days. View all comments. Far from fanning the flames of liberation, a diet of television programmes from the United States dampened them down to a conveniently quiescent level.

In fact, the more outrageous, the more popular, and therefore the more commercial, the higher commercial value they have. At his best, Morozov is lively and combative, as well as dauntingly well-informed — his bibliography alone runs to 70 pages.

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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. He believes that the short chatter instead of long and deep thought does not lead to action. That is, nothing new. The Internet cant be both an ineffective way for progressives to organize popular protest and an effective way for reactionaries to organize p This is an interesting book that makes good points.

Over here, Gordon Brown was equally swept away by cyber-utopianism. More from the web. You’ll learn much from reading this, know more about the world, and feel a bit tricked. Morozov clearly relishes his skunk at the garden party role, missing few opportunities to belittle those who subscribe to such theories. He never identifies the potential contradiction in his own thinking here.

This is a book I just picked up at random I actually Love it!

The internet, Morozov argues, is breeding a generation not of activists but of “slacktivists”, who think that clicking on a Facebook petition counts as a political act the 1. It’s weird that it has a Malcolm Gladwell quote on the cover. It obliquely goes into a lot of other issues, and I wish this book would address them head on, in particular, which institutions and social structures are most effective at harnessing the internet to promote or prevent democracy.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Indian and Pakistan bloggers have been competing to mark parts of the contested territory of Kashmir as belonging to either of the two countries on Google Maps.

These flaws do not detract from the value of this book. In fact, over reliance on its importance will counteract the revolutions efforts.

Morozov talks about the ways we live in algorithms. However, he is right that the tool doesn’t make it happen, the absence of oppression makes that happen. The Revolution will not be tweeted is the section of the book receiving so much attention, particularly from Malcolm Gladwell.

The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov: review

Nov 05, Maru Kun marked it as to-read. Technologies change rapidly but human nature far less so. The Russian authorities may be nrt something here: They can begin to think for themselves.

Paying no attention to the latest news from Nato, East Germans lay supine and glassy-eyed in front of endless repeats of Dallas and Dynasty. The weak form of internet freedom drlusion on defending online freedom of expression promoting negative liberty, freedom from somethingwhile the strong version seeks to promote freedom via the internet positive liberty, freedom to do something. In fact, the use of these tools can lead to exposure for those tweeting the revolution, in some ways counterbalancing that revolution by exposing delusikn leaders, their friends, and associates.

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.

Aug 15, Edwin rated it really liked it. There are real dangers to substituting startegic and long-term action with spontaneous street marches. On the contrary, most often it’s just unthinking acceptance of conventional wisdom, which posits that since authoritarian governments are censoring the Internet, they must be really afraid of it. Morozov writes the book as if it were an extended blog post, with no notion of academic decorum, or even a modicum of respect for those evgsny disagree with him.

To him, this kind of support is worse than no support at all as it also exaggerates the importance of events.

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

Wired magazine stands out for its high concentration of “the Internets shower the masses with freedom and young entrepreneurs will solve all of life’s minor inconveniences”! If there is a weakness in his argument, however, it is in how he measures effect. On the other, he says that we all need to just chill out and accept the increasing politicization of the Net.


Then and now, declarations of technology’s benign omnipotence have been nothing more than thinly veiled attempts at creating ecgeny favourable regulatory climate. In other words, we have to stop talking out of both sides of our face. Goldsmith Book Prize for Trade Facebook is synonymous with the internet in the rhe and on the platform xenophobic propaganda against Muslims spreads like Staph, crowding out moderating voices, and rotting the minds of its Buddhist-majority population.

By by-passing other institutions, the internet eliminates the myriad of epistemological checks and balances that exist in a democratic culture. As long het most virtual activities deusion tied to physical infrastructure – keyboards, mics, screens – no advances in encryption technology could eliminate all the risks and vulnerabilities.

Book Review: The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov

Failed fixes have long-term and largely unpredictable implications far beyond its original context. Even if social media tools such as mobile phones, Facebook and Twitter enable dissidents to better organize, those same tools are easily utilized by authoritarian governments against them.

Sure, the US just throws Code Pink activists out of Senate hearings while Russia murders journalists, but why is some power legitimate and some illegal? While jumping to conclusions is rarely praised, it is the same set of skills that enables logical leaps or the seemingly crazy hypotheses that can end up moving morrozov understanding of the world forward. He has looked at the wide context surrounding events such as the “Iranian Twitter Revolution”, something we cannot say of many journalists de,usion certainly not of Internet gurus.

I believe we are uniquely able to look at the growing mass of information that makes up ,orozov internet and make use of it, rather than the other way around.