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  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads | Tim Wu

    The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
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    In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Over the last century, few times or spaces have remained uncultivated by the "attention merchants", contributing to the distracted, unfocused tenor of our times. Tim Wu argues that this is not simply the byproduct of recent inventions, but the end result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.

    Scott says: "It's Been Sold"
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires | Tim Wu

    The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    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"
  • Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World | Jack Goldsmith,Tim Wu

    Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Goldsmith, Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Bob Loza
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    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mostly delves into questions of law"
  • The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need | Tim Wu

    The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies and the transformation of television. But some of the credit is also due to “net neutrality,” the legal regime that nurtured and protected the open internet and streaming TV in the first place.

    "The 'Fix' for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don't Need" is from the April 27, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Tim Wu and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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