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Jeff

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  • Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Bob Loza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Is the Internet erasing national borders? Who's really in control of what's happening on the Net--Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries?In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s, and the ensuing battles with governments around the world.

    Roy says: "The World is Flat?"
    "Interesting look behind the fog of cyberspace"
    Overall

    Very interesting look into how the internet was started, how it operates at its core, and how governments and other institutions can influence what happens on the internet and exert their power in direct & indirect ways that isn't always obvious.

    If you read "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman, this presents an alternate and complementary view point of the internet and its affects on the world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (401)

    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "Excellent analysis of the cycle of info monopolies"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Master Switch?

    In depth history of the telegraph, telephone, am radio, fm radio, television, movies, and through the internet age


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history was fascinating, and so relevant to how our world exists today


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Attitude & emphasis in his storytelling


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How the information empires are completely interrelated - how decisions that have affected the telegraph systems 100 years ago affect the structure of the internet today.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read if you are interested in the internet, freedom, free speech, and business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Lives: A Journey through Virtual Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tim Guest
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Second Lives takes us on a revelatory journey through the electronic looking glass as Tim Guest investigates one of the most bizarre phenomena of the 21st century: virtual lives.

    Jeff says: "Great account of unique phenoma in Online Worlds"
    "Great account of unique phenoma in Online Worlds"
    Overall

    Started off a bit slow in the first couple chapters - it seemed like just a personal record of the experiences in virtual worlds, but then really gets into the culture of these games when he digs into stories of corporate espionage in Eve Online, his experience with a mafia boss within Second Life, the slaughter of a funeral ceremony in World of Warcraft, how Second Life helps persons with disabilities in real life, how sex translates into the virtual space, its real world value from the virtual economies, and when he meets the 'King of the World' of Lineage II in South Korea. I found it a very useful gathering of interesting happenings & cultural shifts in virtual worlds - I enjoyed it more with each chapter. :) Useful to people just learning about Virtual Worlds, and enjoyable to those that are already familiar with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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