Facebook – Google and Amazon have not just cornered culture they’re undermining democracy – according to Jonathan Taplin – the author of Move Fast and Break Things.
The internet was hijacked by a small group of right-wing radicals whose digital revolution has increased inequality in America – says Jonathan Taplin – author of the new book Move Fast and Break Things.
The internet originated as the ‘hipster’ project of a group of people who wanted decentralise control – he says
‘Stewart Brand (author of The Whole Earth Catalog – a book which anticipated the internet) was Ken Kesey’s partner in the acid tests – Steve Jobs acknowledges taking LSD.
It was a bunch of hippies.
‘Peter Thiel – Larry Page – Jeff Bezos all are libertarians.
They were schooled on Ayn Rand’s work in which the businessman hero architect is always impeded by the mob – by democracy – by government – by regulation and he has to be free’.
The designers of the internet wanted no regulation – no taxes and no copyright – ‘nothing to impede them becoming monopolists – which they did’.