Dean’s Forum: Jonathan Taplin - Move Fast and Break Things

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (ASC), 207
3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

On Thursday, April 27, Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab, will speak about his new book, MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy (Little, Brown and Company, April 18, 2017).

MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs (Peter Thiel and Larry Page among them) hijacked the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating behemoth monopoly firms that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing, and news industries. Building their businesses to scale by tolerating piracy while at the same time promoting opaque business practices and subordinating the individual privacy of their users, the founders of Facebook, Google, and Amazon have together built a way of doing business predicated on surveillance marketing, one in which more creative content is being consumed that ever before but less revenue is flowing to those who make and own the content.

Studded with unforgettable stories from Taplin’s half-century career as a music and film producer and early pioneer of streaming video online, MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS offers a vital, forward-thinking prescription for how artists can reclaim their audiences using knowledge of the past and a determination to work together. We urge you to read this unflinching, necessary polemic about the future of culture, media, and democracy.

Lunch will be provided.

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