The first selection for the FAIFE Book Club was Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion. An analysis of the each chapter can be found on this site and at Library Thing. We’ve also posted a Finnish translation of the analysis.
FAIFE Chair Kai Ekholm provided the introduction for the selection:
Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion has been my favourite book for a while.
It is a book that seems to open a whole new paradigm and hit in the heart of our time. He does not have any trouble hitting Google, Iran, China or USA for that matter in the belly and reveal their secret plans to master the people’s mind.
He debates ‘cyber-utopians’ for their naivety and closing their eyes for what is really happening in Internet. We all shared the naïve idea that Twitter was the tyrants worst nightmare. It was not. They use Internet even more effectively as a two-way mirror to track their citizens in action. There are bizarre examples how innocent Web 2.0 –users are hunted down.
After reading The Net Delusion we should understand better how censorship in the cyberage works. Look at China that has turned the whole country to a gigantic intranet, that has its parallels to Google, Twitter, cybercafes and happy cybermillionaires. 400 million people mastered this way with the help of tens of thousands of cyberpolice is a construction George Orwell could not even dream of. And what is most shameful: the major western ICT companies have happily helped China to build this.
We shouldn’t have too many illusions after reading his invaluable book. Morozov illustrates many cases that are globalization as its worst.
What was your illusion lost after reading this book?