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The Know-It-Alls

Nonfiction: Politics and Current Affairs
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/07/2017

The Know-It-Alls

The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688633
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688640


In The Know-It-Alls former New York Times technology columnist Noam Cohen chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley as a political and intellectual force in American life.

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Beginning nearly a century ago and showcasing the role of Stanford University as the incubator of this new class of super geeks, Cohen shows how smart guys like Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg fell in love with a radically individualistic ideal and then mainstreamed it. With these very rich men leading the way, unions, libraries, public schools, common courtesy, and even government itself have been pushed aside to make way for supposedly efficient market-based encounters via the Internet.

Donald Trump's election victory was an inadvertent triumph of the "disruption" that Silicon Valley has been pushing: Facebook and Twitter, eager to entertain their users, turned a blind eye to the fake news and the hateful ideas proliferating there. The Rust Belt states that shifted to Trump are the ones being left behind by a "meritocratic" Silicon Valley ideology that promotes an economy where, in the words of LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, each of us is our own start-up. A society that belittles civility, empathy, and collaboration can easily be led astray. The Know-It-Alls explains how these self-proclaimed geniuses failed this most important test of democracy.


"An enlightening breakdown of how Silicon Valley billionaires have shifted popular discourse in their favor.” —Kirkus

“This immensely readable book should be mandatory reading.” —Robert W. McChesney, author of Digital Disconnect

"The Know-It-Alls is a terrific case study of some of the unreckoned costs of the digital revolution, and how one piece of the American idea threatens to overwhelm the others.” —Kurt Andersen

The Know-It-Alls is a fascinating intellectual profile of the people who have increasingly come to rule our world." —David Dayen, author of Chain of Title

Author Bio

Noam Cohen covered the influence of the Internet on the larger culture for the New York Times, where he wrote the Link by Link column, beginning in 2007. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. The Know-It-Alls is his first book.