Should we ob­serve dig­i­tal sab­baths?

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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

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