The Internet is Not the Answer. An In-Person Interview with Andrew Keen

The Internet's benefits have accrued mostly to a "tiny group of young white men in black limousines" Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen, author of The Internet is Not the Answer interviewed by Peter Clayton, TotalPicture Radio Andrew Keen

"Today, as the Internet expands to connect almost everyone and everything on the planet, it's becoming self-evident that this is a false promise. The evangelists are presenting us with what in Silicon Valley is called a "reality distortion field" - a vision that is anything but truthful. Instead of a win-win, the Internet is in fact, more akin to a negative feedback loop feedback loop in which we network users are its victims rather than its beneficiaries. Rather than the answer, the Internet is actually the central question about our connected twenty-first-century world."

The more we use the contemporary digital network, the less economic value it is bringing to us. Rather than promoting economic fairness, it is a central reason for the growing golf between the rich and the poor and the hollowing out of the middle class. Rather than making us wealthier, the distributed capitalism of the new network economy is making most of the poorer. Rather than generating more jobs, this digital disruption is a principal cause of our structural unemployment crisis. Rather than creating more competition it is created immensely powerful new monopolists like Google and Amazon. Andrew Keen

In Andrew Keen's new book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, he presents a big-picture look at what the Internet is doing to our society (in his opinion), and an investigation into what we can do to try to make sure that the decisions we are making about the reconfiguring of our world do not lead to unpleasant, unforeseen aftershocks.

"The equivalent of 19th century industrial pollution today is data."

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