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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007525591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007525591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘If you want to understand the web not as some invasive, alien dimension but an extension of our own world, ‘The People’s Platform’ is an excellent place to start.’ Oliver Moody, The Times

‘We need books like this … [Taylor’s] done a lot of homework and writes well, so ‘The People's Platform’ will be an invaluable primer for anyone seeking to understand why our networked world isn't all that it is cracked up to be.’ John Naughton, Observer

‘Public discourse on the subject of technology is skewed to the margins, to the extremes … credit is due, then, to Astra Taylor, for trying to reject such simplistic divisions … She has highlighted a genuine problem facing the world – the difficulty of promoting art, culture and public- spiritedness in the internet age.’ **** Tom Chivers, Sunday Telegraph

‘There have been a lot of books about how the Internet is changing our world, but this is absolutely one of the best. Beautifully written and highly recommended.’ David Byrne

‘Sane, lucid, and generous. This book adjusted my thinking on several scores.’ Jonathan Lethem

‘This timely book lands just as the valuations of technology companies soar and cracks have begun to show in the public’s reverence for the likes of Google and Facebook … ‘The People’s Platform’ is packed with facts that give weight to this argument … Taylor’s nightmare and Zuckerberg’s dream may well come true: we’ll be living in a Facebook world.’ Hannah Kuchler, Financial Times

‘Perhaps the most important book about the digital age so far this century.’ Douglas Rushkoff

‘The scariest book I’ve read in a while is also the most exhilarating: there is no better, stronger picture of our bleak new technological landscape and the peppy delusions and deceptions of its profiteers than The People’s Platform. But knowledge is power, and Taylor gives us a picture so clear it empowers us to find a way forward through the debris. Read it and revolt.’ Rebecca Solnit

About the Author

Astra Taylor is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Salon, Monthly Review, The Baffler and other publications. She lives in New York City.


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