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Am I missing something...?,
This review is from: The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate The World (Paperback)
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Freedom of expression has always been a central theme when it comes to cultural and political unrest.
A person's right to belive in whatever they choose somehow filters and distorts into a wider plateau, until the ideals of one person seed the utter carnage we see around us every day. One only has to turn on the news to see the proof of how rotten the world is.
The Author suggests that rather than being a vehicle for freedom, the internet has done the opposite, citing the extreme censorship laws of China amongst other countries as evidence of this. The reality is however, in my opinion at least, that the internet is merely the stage upon which events are performed, and does not play any part in contributing towards political change. Such is the most prominent platform of the modern age.
The book itself is written with skill and tact. It's easy to read and the author presents his case well. I just don't buy it. Conspiricy theory is too strong a title, scepticism laced with paranoia is closer to the mark.
Many people will disagree with me, no doubt. As is their choice, given the relatively free nature of the world in which we live.
It seems that this book will invoke a strong reaction from whoever decides to read it, which I suppose is any book's purpose. I simply don't agree with much of what the author argues. Hence my low rating. Many people do seem to have found the book agreeable however. So who am I to argue with the masses? Lol.
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Initial post: 14 Mar 2011 21:03:37 GMT
Yannis Theocharis says:
This is a very well balanced and honest review. Thanks!
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