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Silicon States

Nonfiction: Business & Economics; Politics & Current Events; Science; Social Science
Unabridged   12 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/31/2018

Silicon States

The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684413966
Digital Download ISBN:9781684413973


If you've been watching the news of late, you've noticed a subtle shift in the world order. Our political landscape remains bitterly divided, while a new administration seeks to obliterate wide swaths of the government. In an era where civic trust is quickly eroding away, it's easy to imagine this gap being filled by the large, international businesses many consumers have come to trust, as they begin to encroach upon all aspects of our lives.

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Welcome to the Silicon States.

Silicon Valley is imperializing the planet. With nearly bottomless supplies of cash and ambition, a small group of companies have been gradually seizing symbolic and practical civic leadership in America and worldwide. But Silicon Valley does not answer to the electorate; nor have they been voted into office. And the perils of their influence are only now making themselves known. The institutions of Facebook, Google, and Twitter are implicated in the investigation of Russian interference into U.S. elections, providing the public their first opportunity to glimpse the wizards behind the curtain: how these businesses operate, where their interests lie, and the power they wield over an unsuspecting citizenry.

While the promise of Silicon Valley is bold, futuristic, and seductive, it is important to understand these corporations' possible impact on our future. Silicon States emphasizes that before we hand our future over to a rarified group of companies, we examine the world they might build: its benefits, prejudices, and inherent flaws. And to ask, ultimately, if we really want it.


"Greene looks at the ways in which multinational tech giants, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others have resisted government regulation while pushing to take over functions traditionally provided by the state . . . An open-eyed analysis of influential technology companies’ ambitions of interest to investors, tech users, and media consumers." ―Library Journal

"Silicon States couldn't come at a better time. Author Lucie Greene shines lights on the issues in the tech world, how the government has gotten involved, and what that means for us." ―Women.com, One of Five Books You Need to Read Next

"Via candid interviews with corporate leaders, influential venture capitalists, scholars, journalists, activists, [Greene] explores exactly what’s at stake if we continue to let the largely unregulated Big Tech determine our futures." ―Esquire, One of the Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Author Bio

Lucie Greene is the Worldwide Director of the Innovation Group at J. Walter Thompson. She's a thought leadership columnist for Campaign, writes for the Financial Times on futures, and has spoken at conferences including CES, SXSW, Web Summit, Cosmoprof, and Ad Week discussing future trends across multiple lifestyle sectors.