The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

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Basic Books, 2004 - Computers - 253 pages
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From Napster to Total Information Awareness to flash mobs, the debate over information technology in our lives has revolved around a single question: How closely do we want cyberspace to resemble the real world? Siva Vaidhyanathan enters this debate with a seminal insight: While we've been busy debating how to make cyberspace imitate the world, the world has been busy imitating cyberspace. More and more of our social, political, and religious activities are modeling themselves after the World Wide Web.Vaidhyanathan tells us the key information structure of our time, and the key import from cyberspace into the world, is the "peer-to-peer network." Peer-to-peer networks have always existed--but with the rise of electronic communication, they are suddenly coming into their own. And they are drawing the outlines of a battle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of our century, affecting everything from society to terrorism, from religion to the latest social fads. The Anarchist in the Library is a radically original look at how this battle defines one of the major fault lines of twenty-first-century civilization.

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Review: The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

User Review  - Júlíus - Goodreads

Insightful in a few places, but otherwise badly dated and tells the same tale as better writers have done since (and before). Read full review

Review: The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

User Review  - James Guillaume - Goodreads

The only book (I know of) that thoroughly explores the subject of infoanarchism. That being said, Vaidhyanathan is clearly more of a liberal than an anarchist. Read full review

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Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is Director of Communication Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. His research has been profiled on National Public Radio, CNN, International Herald-Tribune Television, and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. He lives in New York City.

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