THE NET DELUSION: Introduction.
Morozov begins THE NET DELUSION with a discussion of his own transition from wild-eyed cyber-utopian to what he calls “cyber-realist.” “Having watched the deterioration of democratic freedoms in my native Belarus, I was drawn to a Western NGO that sought to promote democracy and media reform in the former Soviet bloc with the help of the Internet.” But within a few years, he lost his enthusiasm. Repressive regimes were starting to use the Internet to spread propaganda and surveil the opposition, while many activists were drawn away from grassroots organizing into projects that fell victim to what he calls “Internet centrism.”
Two questions come to mind:
1) What has been the nature of your journey?
2) Is Morozov’s framing correct, or is he too quick to dismiss “cyber-utopians”? And even if he’s right that some people give too much credit to the Internet as a liberating force, do you agree that the utopianism is indeed counterproductive?
If you have thoughts on the introduction or the book overall, please share them in Comments. Below are links to analyses and discussions of each chapter.
Chapter 1 – The Google Doctrine
Chapter 2 – Texting Like It’s 1989
Chapter 3 – Orwell’s Favorite Lolcat
Chapter 4 – Censors and Sensibilities
Chapter 5 – Hugo Chavez Would Like to Welcome You to the Spinternet
Chapter 6 – Why the KGB Wants You to Join Facebook
Chapter 7 – Why Kierkegaard Hates Slacktivism
Chapter 8 – Open Networks, Narrow Minds
Chapter 9 – Internet Freedoms and Their Consequences
Chapter 10 – Making History (More Than a Browser Menu)
Chapter 11 – The Wicked Fix