Posted: November 2, 2010 by Wildcat in Uncategorized

Tim Wu’s The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires is as fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. This is, of course, no surprise: Wu is one of America’s great information policy scholars and communicators, probably best known for coining the term “Net Neutrality” (like many great Americans, Tim is, in fact, Canadian — we attended the same elementary school in Toronto, where we enthusiastically traded Apple ][+ software and killed each others’ D&D characters).

Wu’s great strength is in the breadth of his scholarship and in his ability to use humor, clear language, and innovative arguments to connect diverse ideas. Thus in Master Switch, we have a brilliant explanation and history of what Wu calls “the Cycle,” through which information industries rise, consolidate, monopolize, capture governments, force out competitors, and, eventually, fragment into something less grandiose, less perfect, but more vibrant, open, and innovative.

via craphound.com

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