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[liberationtech] Julian Assange reviews Google's "The New Digital Age"

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 3 04:41:15 PDT 2013


Excellent piece,  thanks!

I'm somehow reminded of "one flew over the cuckoo's nest."

50%+ of adults in US are on some kind of "anti-depressant." The rest have
their iPhones, Androids & Lumias to keep them "entertained."
On Jun 3, 2013 6:05 AM, "Moritz Bartl" <moritz at torservers.net> wrote:

>
> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/opinion/sunday/the-banality-of-googles-dont-be-evil.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
>
> By JULIAN ASSANGE
> Published: June 1, 2013
>
> [...]
> The authors met in occupied Baghdad in 2009, when the book was
> conceived. Strolling among the ruins, the two became excited that
> consumer technology was transforming a society flattened by United
> States military occupation. They decided the tech industry could be a
> powerful agent of American foreign policy.
> [...]
> The prose is terse, the argument confident and the wisdom — banal. But
> this isn’t a book designed to be read. It is a major declaration
> designed to foster alliances.
>
> “The New Digital Age” is, beyond anything else, an attempt by Google to
> position itself as America’s geopolitical visionary — the one company
> that can answer the question “Where should America go?” It is not
> surprising that a respectable cast of the world’s most famous warmongers
> has been trotted out to give its stamp of approval to this enticement to
> Western soft power. The acknowledgments give pride of place to Henry
> Kissinger, who along with Tony Blair and the former C.I.A. director
> Michael Hayden provided advance praise for the book.
> [...]
>
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