The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 So Far

the peoples platform

4. The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age by Astra Taylor

Meet the new oligarchs, same as the old oligarchs. Taylor does an excellent job of puncturing the lie that the Internet is for “everybody,” as sites like Amazon become monopolies, social media like Facebook mines your profile for irresistible marketing data, copyright and artistic protections are irrelevant, and women and minorities are, again, a vulnerable class. Read this book, a smartly written warning against Silicon Valley’s promises of utopia, and figure out how to make the Internet a better and safer space for human beings.