Snippet: The environmental impact of the Internet

I am not a hippy or a Green Peace activist, but I have been becoming more and more aware of the Internet’s impact, now that I have been reading about it. Though this is not my prime interest, I do think it would be worth looking into some of the consequences of the use of the…

Morozov, Entertainment overrules Politics

Evgeny Morozov makes an interesting claim in his book The Net Delusion. Chapter three, entitled Orwell’s Favorite Lolcat, starts by making the point that in the DDR (communist East Germany) in the 1980s those (the large majority apparently) who were able to receive the television broadcasts from the FDR (democratic West Germany), were in fact…

Morozov, the Internet and Syria’s regime

I started reading Evgeny Morozov’s book “The Net Delusion” (though my version has an ugly cat on the front cover) yesterday. The first chapter starts off with Iran ‘Twitter Revolution’ in 2009, where Morozov criticises this notion on the grounds that in fact in Iran 1. Ahmadinejad got elected, rendering all the positive news about…

Evgeny Morozov – an Internet skeptic’s view

I have been reading a couple of articles from Evgeny Morozov, and I listened to him on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post and (Dutch) VPRO’s Tegenlicht. And he strikes me as interesting due to his very critical standing on the notion that the Internet can solve all our problems. More interestingly, he also is sceptical of the role…