We’ve all heard about (though I’ve ot yet read) The Net Delusion.
Now, a leading thinker/practitioner in the field of new media reviews Morozov’s book, rebutting his thesis:
At its core, there is some very smart stuff indeed in The Net Delusion. Morozov is absolutely correct when he forcefully points out that technology isn’t necessarily good for freedom – that it can be used as readily to enslave, surveil, and punish as it can to evade, liberate and share.
Unfortunately, this message is buried amid a scattered, loosely argued series of attacks on a nebulous “cyber-utopian” movement, whose views are stated in the most general of terms, often in the form of quotes from CNN and other news agencies who are putatively summing up some notional cyber-utopian consensus. In his zeal to discredit this ideology (whatever it is), Morozov throws whatever he’s got handy at anyone he can find who supports the idea of technology as a liberator, no matter how weak or silly his ammunition.
Read the rest in The Guardian
Also worth a look is Clay Shirky’s Foreign Affairs piece on the political power of social media (firewalled)