Lots of twentieth-century technological/corporate history, convincingly presented as relevant to modern policy.
No. The reading is full of false gravity, which he breaks out of only to half-attempt voices for the quotations, including such watery gems as fake german, fake french, old-timey, fancy old-timey, and presidential. It's ridiculous and distracting. Even worse, he shows no understanding of the text, emphasizing inconsequential words and reading asides with the same ponderousness as the main text.
This is why I love Non-Fiction. I had not heard of Tim Wu, but then I am not in the IT or media business. This was a unique 'documentary' (with a slight slant). He enlightened me on the guiding hands behind the 'gentle' media that molded many of us that are over 40. It is a thorough review of how telephony, radio, hollywood, TV came to be what the they were in the 1900's through benevolent (mostly) monopolistic czars. Tim also connects the dots on some amazing possible historical connections such as Nixon's support of cable TV. He is careful to qualify his connections, but the puzzle provides an eye opening analysis of Government influence in the media industry. I found it extremely interesting because of the lack of exposure I have had to this industry. He also treats us to more more fascinating ideas on the internet and the industry in the 2000's. Marc Vietor was also a pleasure to listen to as he almost sounded like and old AM radio announcer at times. I hope Tim has more up his slieve as I certainly want to hear more.
Great book on the corporate fascism/corporatism and how much it has influences sometimes for the good but the majority of the time at the detriment of innovation and freedom of choice. Watch out for the corporate koolade!
This book is a well calibrated compilation of historical facts and opinions, in a way that is rare to find elsewhere.
The narration is very good, with good impressions of characters depicted in the story, so we're clearly aware of quotations when the come along.
As to the book's content, we should put aside the fact that any storytelling (or any history-telling for that matter) is always biased. Even so, if as much as half of what is in the book is true, the world of communication and the internet revolution that everyone brags about is indeed very different than you might have thought.
The author's take on this subject sheds light on historical patterns that we tend to forget.
It's an amazing reading for those interested in the matters of business and communications!
this book chronicles the rise of telephones, movies, cable tv and the internet. In the later parts, it gets into the wars between microsoft and apple and google and everyone else. It's quite amazing to see the screen ripped off your computer and know what is really going on with the powerstruggle for net dominance. This book seriously has me at least questioning if I will purchase an Iphone. The decision is not as simple as it would have been before I read this. And... well... the book is pretty well narrated, too!
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
the economic history of the media and telecommunications industry also the authors thoughts on apple and google.
the narrator was fine, the story just got boring to me about half way through. sorry i am not that academic.
not a character so much but at times the author would write from wildly idealistic perspectives, then when those did not pan out use them to juxtapose the reality of the situation. i thought is was a weird lens to see the past and future.
The narrator did a decent job of making the stories interesting and listenable. Had good inflection and did not take things overboard
I have read alot of history, and would say that the way the stories were told were engaging, relevant, and made me think about it days after I read it.
Stuck to reading the script at hand, and did a good job at that.
It is broken down into different eras and technologies. So it is easy to digest in parts.
But I did enjoy listening to it, and changed plans to finish it.
This is a brilliant book that encompasses history, law, and technology in an accessible and fascinating way. Wu's argument is that all new communications technology in the 20th century--telephone, motion pictures, radio, broadcast television, and cable television--went through the same cycle: when first introduced, it was widely and easily accessible to all and was hailed as something that would change the world, but later was bought up and controlled by big corporations that limited the freedom of speech of those who used it. He predicts that the same thing will happen to the Internet unless we take action to prevent it. I don't think his proposed solution will work, but his book was eye-opening to me about the past, present, and future. Reading this from a printed volume might be challenging, but when it's experienced as an audiobook, you can't tear yourself away. Top marks in every category.
Very long and dry, however gained many insights. He describes the history of how radio, film, television and telecommunications all started out full of hope and openness with many players only to grow into a closed monopoly of a few until a disruptive technology comes along to change everything. He outlines many ways monopolies and government regulations negatively affected innovation and free enterprise. He then applies the past patterns to the internet. Worth reading for it exposes the darker side of these industries, however almost didn't finish it due to it being so dry.
Amazing look at the repeating patterns of communications industry emergence and decline. Real inside stories of the people and processes behind the telephone, movie and internet worlds and the incredible commonalities between them.