Tacoma professor and author Rob Larson, whose books include Capitalism vs. Freedom and Bleakonomics, sets his newest book in motion here tonight. Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley looks at the underpinnings of the big five tech companies, and what their political navigating has been as part of their growth to dominance.
"Highly informed, lively and readable, this is a badly needed study of the giant high tech corporations that increasingly dominate the means of work and social interaction, amass and scrutinize the details of our lives, seek to shape attitudes and behavior, and like the great virtual monopolies of the past both rely on state power and heavily influence it. Beyond exposing the nature of this awesome and threatening system, Larson goes on to outline how it can, and should, be brought under popular control. A most valuable contribution to understanding and guide to action." —Noam Chomsky.
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