The End of Big

The End of Big

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Radical connectivity--our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally--is altering the exercise of power with dramatic speed and reshaping our biggest institutions. Governments, corporations, centers of knowledge, and expertise are eroding before the power of the individual. In some cases this is a positive development, but as Mele reveals, the promise of the Internet comes with a troubling downside. He asks: How do we trust information when journalists are replaced by bloggers, phone videos, and tweets? Will the collapse of two-party government bring us qualified leaders or demagogues and special-interest-controlled politicians? When web-based micro-businesses can out-compete major corporations, who enforces basic regulations--product safety, privacy protection, fraud, and tax collection? Unless we exercise deliberate moral choice over the design and use of technologies, Mele contends, we doom ourselves to a future that tramples human values, renders social structures chaotic, and destroys rather than enhances freedom. Both hopeful and alarming, thought-provoking and passionately-argued, The End of Big is an important book about our present--and our future
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2013
[United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781622311323
1622311329
Branch Call Number: Audio Download--Adult
Characteristics: data file
digital,Digital recording
1 online resource (1 audio file (540 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Runnette, Sean - Narrator
hoopla digital

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