Pacey and chilling... A powerful, frightening readBryan Appleyard
Andrew Keen's pleasingly incisive study argues that, far from being a democratising force in society, the internet has only amplified global inequities.John Naughton
A punchy manifesto about the future and integrity of the internet age... This book is a must-read for anyone remotely concerned about their lives on the net.
The most compelling, persuasive and passionately negative thing I've yet read on this topic. It offers a scary picture of how the ultra-libertarian superstars of Silicon Valley are leading us inexorably into a future with the sort of social inequalities not seen in the West since the early days of the Industrial Revolution.Kazuo Ishiguro
'Books of the Year', New Statesman
Keen has a sharp eye when it comes to skewering the pretensions and self-delusions of the new digital establishment
Extremely well-researched and well-writtenWilliam Hartston
A packed compendium of all the ways digital life casts aside basic human virtues in favor of a rapacious, winner-takes-all economy. Out of Silicon Valley's libertarian ethos came the myths that information "wants to be free" and that the Internet is fueling a cooperative new utopianism. Keen is excellent at exposing the hypocrisy of that mythology.Michael Harris
Andrew Keen has written a very powerful and daring manifesto questioning whether the Internet lives up to its own espoused values. He is not an opponent of Internet culture, he is its conscience, and must be heard.
Andrew Keen has again shown himself one of the sharpest critics of Silicon Valley hype, greed, egotism, and inequity. His tales are revealing, his analyses biting.
Mark Bauerlain, author of The Dumbest Generation
Keen provokes us in every sense of the word-at times maddening, more often thought-provoking, he lets just enough out of the Silicon Valley hot air balloon to start a real conversation about the full impact of digital technology.
Larry Downes, co-author of Unleashing the Killer App
A provocative title and an even more provocative book. Andrew Keen rightly challenges us to think about how the internet will shape society. I remain more optimistic, but hope I'm right to be so.
Mark Read, CEO, WPP Digital
If you've ever wondered why the New Economy looks suspiciously like the Old Economy - only with even more for the winners and less for everyone else - put down your shiny new phablet and read this book.
Robert Levine, author of Free Ride
Andrew Keen is the Christopher Hitchens of the Internet. Neglect this book with peril. In an industry and world full of prosaic pabulum about the supposedly digitally divine, Keen's work is an important and sharp razor.
Michael Fertik, CEO, Reputation.com
Says all the things I (and many others) have long suspected but have not quite known how to phrase.Andrew Miller
In this deliciously splenetic book, Keen tears into the hypocrisy of tech corporations... Keen enriches his macroeconomic survey of the rise of the digital giants with biting descriptions of Silicon Valley, with its hot tubs and private clubs, its tax avoidance and secessionist dreams.
Keen lucidly argues that by giving away all our data to Google, Facebook et al, all we actually do is enable them to become some of the biggest companies in the world and make their owners impossible rich... Sobering and persuasive
In this engaging, provocative book, [Keen] outlines five strategies - regulation, competitive innovation, consumer choice, civic responsibility, and education - that, working in collaboration, can help ensure an open, decentralized digital future... Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world.
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
Keen, has spent his career warning of the dangers of the Internet, takes a more positive turn in this complex yet accessible study. Comparing our current situation to the Industrial Revolution, he stresses the importance of keeping humanity at the center of technology.
After years of giddiness about the wonders of technology, a new realization is dawning: the future is broken... In this bracing book, Keen offers tools for righting our societies and principles to guide us in the future.