World Without Mind by Franklin Foer

World Without Mind

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazo...

Details World Without Mind

TitleWorld Without Mind
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Press
GenreNonfiction, Science, Technology, Business, Cultural, History

Reviews World Without Mind

  • Tess Pfeifle
    Mark Crispin Miller says in his essay "Big Brother is You Watching", more or less, that no expression can wholly escape the moment that created it. Foer's, "World Without Mind" is no exception to that. However, the book acknowledges something important - the threat of big tech is not "new." I particularly enjoyed the historical treatment of the first half of the book because it was a completely new way of thinking about technology - for me, at le...
  • Charles
    Franklin Foer’s “World Without Mind” is an excellent book. It identifies important problems, ties the problems to their historical precedents, and suggests some reasonable solutions. The book is not complete, or perfect, but in the emerging literature of why and how to curb the power of giant technology companies, this book is a useful introduction, although there is a long way to go from here to there.Foer is primarily known as having been...
  • Gary Moreau
    As a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the former editor of The New Republic, Franklin Foer has had more than a front row seat during the battle between the digital and the print world over knowledge. He has been in the fray and has the scars to prove it.He is, as a result, more than a little resentful, a reality, however, that he readily admits, an admission in keeping with the culture of publishing nobility that the warriors of tech h...
  • Angie
    In the Prologue to this book, the author tells us he spent most of his career at the New Republic. When Chris Hughes, who happens to have been Mark Zuckerberg's college roommate, bought the paper, he made Foer editor and tasked him to remake the magazine into a modern publication, befitting the new millennium. He fired Foer 2 1/2 years later when the magazine could not meet Hughes' expectations. Foer says he hopes that this book "doesn't come acr...
  • Ietrio
    An old man and his fears. The good old times were better. But the old man is not smart enough to know the old times were better because they were past, hence easy to manage.Otherwise, a mindless primitivist statement. Same concerns were generated at every new item in the life of humans. The industrial was bad. But the poverty of today has a comfort few kings had only two centuries ago. The car was bad, but we all depend on it and even those hypoc...
  • Ivan
    If you work in an editorial role or are an author, you should read this book. But also a good read for anyone who buys on Amazon, scrolls through Facebook, or uses Google. Informative and haunting, from former New Republic editor. ‪If you work in an editorial role or are an author, you should read this book. But also a good read for anyone who buys on Amazon, scrolls through Facebook, or uses Google. Informative and haunting, from former New ...
  • Marks54
    How to begin on this well-intended by not very successful effort at painting the dark side of Internet dominance by such firms as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and the like?- Oh Brave New World that has such platforms in it!Or perhaps ...- Former editor of the New Republic used to be a fan of the Internet and its New Age independent spirit. What he thinks about it now will blow your mind!Mr. Foer is concerned about the long term threats to our...
  • Mbogo J
    I really feel Foer's plight but unfortunately for him the barbarians are not at the gates, they already entered the city confines and robbed the populace blind and what they cannot rob they are buying at fire sale prices.At face value, this book is about how technology companies are cheapening journalism but a deeper look into the central thesis shows that the book is more of a cry at the loss of value of intellectual material in the face of curr...
  • Ronald J.
    I found the arguments against the tech giants unpersuasive, and the idea that people no longer take ideas, literature, books, art, etc., seriously also unpersuasive. If the tech giants are so powerful, how did Trump win over Hillary? Why did Trump win? The author never even approaches the question. I think you argue he lives in a bubble, only reads confirming views, and so on, the same charge he levels against everyone else. He also confuses data...
  • Matt Schiavenza
    Franklin Foer's much-anticipated cri de couer against "big tech" delivers in some ways but falls short in others. I liked his critique of the vapid "information yearns to be free" ethos of the internet, one that Foer argues (persuasively) has undermined journalism. But Foer's book too often loses focus — it veers from a pointed assessment of contemporary tech to a more indulgent historical survey of Silicon Valley's ideological origins. In a lo...
  • Olha Khilobok
    Foer understands where the world is, no illusions that there is a way back somewhere. Is there a chance that big brother is made of data? Who knows, but big data is watching you, that's for sure. The book is worth reading especially for those who make they living by authorship, any kind of authorship, which is under a big data question now.
  • Richard Winmill
    Makes you think long and hard about the new internet monopolies. There really are no close competitors to Facebook, Amazon, and Google. They are fast becoming utilites like ATT used to be. The EU will probably continue to take them on when the over step their bounderies.
  • Josh Trapani
  • Elise
    A smart, engaging discussion of the consequences of outsourcing our lives to Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc. This will be on everyone's must-read list this year.
  • Alexander
    Look, normally I'd write a review, but in this case, it feels kind of pointless given my eternal gratitude to and respect for its author. So I'll just say you should go read it!
  • Jennifer Darci
    One of those books I will always keep. And there are less than 20 of those I have ever read.