Thursday, December 26, 2019

"The Revolt of the Public" against too much information online (when self-broadcast?)


In 2014, Stripe Press published a 400+ page book by Martin Gurri, “The Revolt of the Public”. 

 Today, Seam Illing of Vox interviews him, in an article called “A Decade of Revolt: Meet the author who predicted the upheaval of the 2010’s”.
  
Gurri believes that the self-broadcast aspect of the Internet disrupted the use of political and social structures and hierarchies to mediate the spread of information to the masses. The Internet destroyed the idea that social and political authority can determine what information a person should get.
  
 
At first the new freedom led to demands for more democracy (the Arab spring) but soon authoritarian leaders could turn the Internet on the masses and use it to sow more divisions among individuals who had fallen further behind in an individually competitive globalized world.

Update:  David Pakman interviewed the author on Jan. 10, 2020, interesting perspective here (12 min), as he calls for more localism and fewer levels of bureaucracy. A "revolution" has lost all chance of happening since the end of 1991 (the collapse of the Soviet Union).  

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