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Everyone knows the Internet and digital technology markedly changed the world, but former USC Annenberg Innovation Lab director Jonathan Taplin reports that many people don’t realize how sweeping, negative and dangerous these changes have been. The Internet and associated digital technologies – such as social media and pirated creative offerings cause profound and fundamental changes in culture, politics and the economy. What’s more, Taplin charges the leaders of many major technology companies with not fundamentally believing in democracy or government. He explains how society reached this crossroads and analyzes what’s at stake. While the opinions are those of the author, getAbstract recommends his articulate, impassioned essay to anyone interested in digital culture, liberty, equality or technological change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How digital technologies transformed the world,
  • Why so many of these changes turn out to be negative and
  • How you can change the world for the better.
 

About the Author

Writer, producer and documentary film maker Jonathan Taplin is director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab.

 

Summary

The Economic and Political Battle 

The Internet dramatically changed politics and has had a corrupting effect on democracy in the United States. Some 44% of Americans get most of their news from Facebook, but many stories on social media are planted or falsified. That problem occurs across social media, including on Twitter, which President Donald Trump leveraged in the 2016 election.


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