Books Read in 2016: July

Mostly election stuff and digital technologies + capitalism this month. A snapshot.

Andrew Keen, The Internet is Not the Answer. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015.

A call for more modest assessments about what kinds of interventions the internet can and should make, Keen’s work is strongest in its profile of the techpreneurs– and their social and political commitments– that produce these technologies.

Robert McChesney, Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. New York: Free Press, 2013.

A much more stringent treatment of the link between Internet technologies and the long march to its monetization, assessing the resulting fallout of this convergence.

Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover, Wake us When It’s Over: Presidential Politics of 1984. New York: Macmillan, 1985.

A play-by-play of the election arguing that it represented a moment in American electoral politics that crystallized the retreat from substance and moved toward an environment that traded on optics and uses of campaign finance to essentially market the best candidate.

Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover, Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars?: The Trivial Pursuit of the Presidency, 1988. New York: Warner Books, 1989.

A continuation of the treatment of these forever altered circumstances, this election demonstrated that scandal and intrigue–the ability to generate them and survive them– framed the very condition under which electoral choices were presented.

 

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