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Publisher's Summary

This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of its users, the generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovation—and facilitating unsettling new kinds of control.

©2008 Yale University Press (P)2008 Yale University Press

Critic Reviews

"Jonathan Zittrain does what no one has before-he eloquently and subtly pinpoints the magic that makes Wikipedia, and the Internet as a whole, work. The best way to save the Internet is to turn off your laptop until you've read this book." (Jimbo Wales, Founder, Wikipedia)

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  • David
  • Medford , OR, USA
  • 07-03-10

Dissapointing

An unfortunately trite examination. Though I generally agree with the author's thesis, its not particularly insightful or provocative. Don't bother if you are even tangentially aware of contemporary privacy and intellectual property issues. Furthermore, as numerous other reviewers have noted, the narrator is exceptionally horrible. Its almost unbearable.

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  • Brian
  • United States
  • 01-11-11

Average made poor by the production

It is hard to truly judge the book given that the narration was so poor. The only break from an unrelentingly flat delivery was the occasional misplaced emphasis, and mispronounciation.
The real shame is that the narrator was clear and understandable. Something must have gone badly wrong in production

1 of 1 people found this review helpful