John Battelle; Tech Is Public Enemy #1. So Now What?; In His Blog, white-labeled as NewCo, centrally-hosted on Medium; 2017-09-10.
Teaser: If tech wants to reverse the crushing tide of negative public opinion, it must start creating public good commensurate with its extraction of private profit.
tl;dr → Agree, perhaps. But it’s not clear to what one is agreeing at all; whereas the lede is buried. That being promotion of Richard Florida’s book The New Urban Crisis.
and → Unto the hook of the title: For the sin.
John Battelle interviewed Richard Florida towards a book promotion.
Richard FloridaThe New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It 1st Edition ; Basic Books; 2017-04-11; 336 pages; ASIN:0465079741: Kindle: $18, paper: $12+SHT.
Where “tech” is Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and maybe Netflix (rly?).
And JB foresaw it in a vision of 2017-01; fair. he also “saw” it in 2011-12, had Microsoft in the cohort, and pitched “The Internet Big Five” as a gushing chronicle-of-the-times, only-time-will-tell honorific of boosterist veneration. It’s okay to change one’s mind.
Richard Florida is granted 191 words at the end to speak as a threat.
Whereas Richard Florida has a direct line to Congress.
Unless his demands are met … something will happen
Google Apple Facebook Amazon (GAFA),
Google Amazon Facebook Apple (GAFA)
Facebook Amazon Netflix Google (FANG),
Facebook Apple Netflix Google (FANG)
Jonathan Taplin; Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy; Little, Brown and Company; 2017-04-18; 320 pages; Amazon:0316275778: Kindle: $16, paper: $16+SHT; separately filled.
Elizabeth K; The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History; Picador; 2015-01-06; 336 pages; ASIN:1250062187: Kindle: $9, paper: $6+SHT; accoladified with a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
Each reference in the original article points at Amazon.
Because she can; because it is easy. And, most importantly: what else could she do?
Does this obviate the argument presented?
GAFA, attributed to “the Europeans”
The Victorian Internet
By way of convention in these things, requisite throat clearing: a story, a parable, concerning the election of 1876 wherein the Republicans, once before had lost the popular vote but “stole” the election with subtrefuge, misdirection, technical trickery and outright dishonesty. To wit:
Lucy Hayes, Mrs. Rutherford B Hayes.
Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States
Samuel J. Tilden, Democrat, candidate for President (he lost).
William Henry Smith
“ran” the “western arm” Associated Press
Collusion, there was.
a “monopoly” over telgraph lines
The election is thrown into dispute.
1877-03-05, the New York Sun appeared with a black border on the front page.
1877-03-07, Rutherford B. Hayes is inaugurated.
<quote>History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.</quote>, attributed to Mark Twain.
John Podesta, campaign chairman, Hilary Clinton 2016.
A traffic generation scheme
Pro-Hillary Clinton generates revenue.
Pro-Donald Trunp generates revenue.
<quote>For me, this is all about income<quote>, attributed to Beqa Latsabidze.
United States, Department of Justice
A.T. & T.,
Violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
A.T. & T. to license all the patents of Bell Labs, for a small fee.
The salubrious effect.
Google in 2016 is like A.T.&T . in 1956.
The craft workers must seize the means of production, attributed to Jonathan Like.
The parable of the artisanal cheesemakers, <quote>The culture industries need to present themselves as the organic alternative, a symbol of status and aspiration. Subscriptions are the route away from the aisles of clickbait. <snip>admonition to read a book</snip> If the tech companies hope to absorb the totality of human existence, then reading on paper is one of the few slivers of life that they can’t fully integrate”, attributed to Franklin Foer.