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The Master Switch

The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Tim Wu

It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industryfrom the telephone to radio to filmonce existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book,...
Publish Date
November 28
First Published in 2010
Goodreads rating
Apr 10, 2017
@MikeDrewWhat @pareene @brianbeutler Tim Wu's book The Master Switch is amazing about how much a recurring pattern this is.      source
Aug 24, 2018
Now starting the section now these information empires eventually got dismantled, by the internet, cable, and the government antitrust efforts on the 1950s! Awesome book so far      source
Oct 24, 2020
@deepakabbot Would recommend reading this for tug of war between government and communications monopolies over the past century. The Master Switch by @superwuster      source