The Net Delusion has ratings and reviews. The following is a joint review of two books by Evgeny Morozov and is cross-posted in both review. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom In this spirited book, journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov shows that by falling for the. In his new book, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Evgeny Morozov aims to prick the bubble of hyper-optimism that.

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The reality was, as the West was navel-gazing about how Twitter empowered a movement, American social media, at most, merely amplified the news to the West while providing an authoritarian regime with photos of dissidents, names, locations, etc. Morozov attacks both cyber-utopians if there are any still out there and neoliberal triumphalists who want to credit the Internet for, well, just about anything that benefits them.

The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov

In other words, we have to stop talking out of both sides of our face. Two delusions in particular concern Morozov: They can begin to think for themselves. He argues persuasively that U. The most effective system of Internet control is not the one that has the most sophisticated and draconian system of censorship, but the one that has no need of censorship whatsoever. Morozov was one of the first to recognize evgsny as a likely possibility years before Donald Trump executed his coup of the American Republican Party and Vladimir Putin mounted his successful cyber-attack on the US elections.

The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov: review

Sure, it sets up straw men, but the “the Internet will save the world” crowd can really get ahead of itself, so refuting seemingly ridiculous arguments is sometimes in order here. Show 25 25 50 All. If there is hope, it lies exactly where Morozov himself seems most hopeless: He never identifies the potential contradiction in his own thinking here.


To him, this kind of support is worse than no support at all as it also exaggerates the importance of events.

Perhaps no current eve Granted The Net Delusion is almost a decade old now, its relevance has really come into its own in the past two years where the US has had a kind of social media comeuppance on the grandest scale; i. Put so starkly, such extreme beliefs may sound laughable, yet he sees them in action everywhere: The somewha Long story short – the internet and technology is a double edged sword that can be used for promoting a free exchange of ideas and philosophies and can be used by authoritarian governments to track opposition groups and individuals, spread misinformation, and distract the people.

The flaw in this train of thought is that corporate commerciality has little interest in the distinction between fact and fiction. Apr 08, Leah G rated it liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page.

Yet for all the talk about the democratizing power of the Internet, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. In police in Azerbaijan reprimanded forty-three people who voted for an Armenian performer Armenia and Azerbaijan are at war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabach territory in hte popular Eurovision contest, summoning some of them to police headquarters, where they were accused of undermining national security, and forced to write official explanations.

Let morozpv people tweet and they will tweet their way to freedom, insisted scores of ostensibly sane people.

The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov – review | Books | The Guardian

Most tellingly, for someone who is all about promoting ‘cyber-realism’, he is blurry on mirozov specifics of what should be done aside from localizing policy-which leads to embarrassing situations like the tweets from the US Embassy in Egypt. There are real dangers to substituting startegic and long-term action with spontaneous street marches.


His relentless and highly repetitive critique goes overboard when it veers into all-too familiar territory already plowed by other Internet pessimists and cultural critics beginning back in the s with the late social critic Neil Postman. With the internet comes entertainment: Perhaps one of the more alarming parts of this book was on state censorship.

However, as the book progresses and broadens its scope, the lessons, warnings, and information Morozov provides is truthfully more relevant than ever, and the book is a challenging undertaking in examining deep structures of our current political This was a fascinating read.

This is a tool that helps evgemy that freedom of expression. He believes that the short chatter instead of long and deep thought does not lead to action.

The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov – review

The wise dictator doesn’t inflame his people’s curiosity by banning websites. While jumping to conclusions is rarely praised, it is the same set of skills that enables logical leaps or the seemingly crazy hypotheses that can end up moving our understanding of the world forward.

However, I deluion that this letdown is evgenyy so big, and should not detract from the overall rating of the book. But this book is nevertheless an important critique for how Morozov, through his lively style and effective use of contemporary examples, brings these debates to a wider audience. We depend upon them to filter, and sift, and verify what purport to be facts of the world. If we are a people hypnotized by gadgetry and distraction, Morozov provides the industrial-strength finger snap needed to wake us from the Web narcotic.

Lists with This Book. One cannot start with protests and think of political demands and further steps later on.