The Net Delusion by E. Morozov

Recently, preparing for my exam on Media and Politics, i came across an amazing and really inspiring book “The Net Delusion” by a Bielorussian journalist and a researcher Evgeny Morozov.

Morozov, being extremely well-informed,  argues that, amid protests in the Arab and Russian worlds, internet only strengthens the Authoritarian regime and Dictatorship of some countries. I especially loved his idea that internet does not bring up  more and more activists nowadays, but rather “slacktivist” or i would call such people “clicktivist” or “liketivist” who believe that just by clicking a button “Like” on Facebook “Save the children in Africa” or “Help to combat the poverty” etc., they automatically become activists. What a delusion….

For all the pessimists and optimists of social networks like Twitter or Facebook, I do strongly recommend to read this informative and lively book!

Have a look also at his talk on TED’s conference.

Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships

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