Should we observe digital sabbaths?
adverts (and destroying many online sites that relied on commercial advertising). Streaming services like Netflix, are replacing terrestrial by producing multi-season epics like House of Cards that have no advertising at all. The infiltration of advertising in the search rankings of Google has become a scandal, as is the mining and marketing of personal information by Facebook. Regulation is coming.
I finished this book feeling much more positive about the future than I expected to feel. I wholly subscribe to Tim Wu’s call to attention. Yes, we spend too much time flicking through our smart phones. But these almost magical devices allow us to send letters, download music, watch TV and films, take pictures, follow news, connect with friends, navigate maps and many other things. It’s hardly surprising we haven’t quite mastered the off switch. But thanks to books like this, we’re getting there.
Tim Wu says people must free themselves from the robotic checking of email or social media