Rage Against the Machine
A digital heretic decries the spread of "solutionism"
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The Folly of Technological Solutionism
by Evgeny Morozov
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There is no such thing as “the Internet.”
That is to say: Thinking, writing, and speaking about “the Internet” as if there were such a thing as a distinct, global, open, distributed “network of networks” that can connect all of humanity as soon as we can all get “online” leads us to ignore many inconvenient facts.
In most of the world, digitized network communication is not so open, not well distributed, and not necessarily run through the sort of computer networks that serve as the foundation of “Internet” communication in the United States. When you send a message via the AT&T mobile 4G network, it’s not really going through “the Internet” of our dreams. It’s going through a highly regulated proprietary system. And if you are using an iPhone, it’s going through a highly regulated proprietary
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