To Save Everything, Click Here by Evgeny Morozov
The Folly of Technological Solutionism

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11 Critic Reviews

Morozov takes a hard look at the claims of cybertheorists and concludes that our techno future might be dark and dangerous...
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Synopsis

In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency? What if some such problems are simply vices in disguise? What if some friction in communication is productive and some hypocrisy in politics necessary? The temptation of the digital age is to fix everything—from crime to corruption to pollution to obesity—by digitally quantifying, tracking, or gamifying behavior. But when we change the motivations for our moral, ethical, and civic behavior we may also change the very nature of that behavior. Technology, Evgeny Morozov proposes, can be a force for improvement—but only if we keep solutionism in check and learn to appreciate the imperfections of liberal democracy. Some of those imperfections are not accidental but by design.

Arguing that we badly need a new, post-Internet way to debate the moral consequences of digital technologies, To Save Everything, Click Here warns against a world of seamless efficiency, where everyone is forced to wear Silicon Valley’s digital straitjacket.
 

About Evgeny Morozov

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Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov) is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, a New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and winner of Harvard's Kennedy School's 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize. He is a senior editor to The New Republic. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and many other publications. His monthly column comes out in Slate, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), El Pais (Spain), Corriere della Sera (Italy), and several other newspapers. He was born in Belarus.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by PublicAffairs. 434 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for To Save Everything, Click Here
All: 11 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 20 2013

Healthy skepticism dealt with a sometimes too-heavy hand, and a useful corrective for those who believe that we’ll somehow engineer ourselves out of our current mess.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Ellen Ullman on May 17 2013

Morozov’s formidable intellect makes this a noteworthy book. A dose of humility would have made it a better one.

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Guardian

Above average
on Mar 20 2013

Morozov takes a hard look at the claims of cybertheorists and concludes that our techno future might be dark and dangerous...

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Financial Times

Above average
on Mar 01 2013

At times, he wears his learning much too heavily – so many philosophers and recent academic papers are tossed in that the result often looks like some fashionable collage of other people’s thoughts.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by James Rose on Mar 05 2013

Mr. Morozov's grumpy, curmudgeonly prose may not necessarily make him someone you would enthuse about as a dinner guest. But when the Internet speaks to us from its growing platforms, you definitely want him looking over your shoulder...

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The Telegraph

Above average
on Mar 11 2013

Everyone who disagrees with Morozov is blind or stupid or corrupt (everyone who agrees with him, incidentally, is a “scholar” of something: a scholar of history, a scholar of innovation, a scholar of communications). Every grammatical error...

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The Boston Globe

Good
on Mar 11 2013

But in a witty and profound new book, Evgeny Morozov warns that there’s a great deal of naivete and ignorance at the heart of this appealing conceit. He goes beyond the obvious criticism that no technology could ever attain perfection...

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Boston.com

Good
on Mar 10 2013

With eloquence, erudition, and wit, Morozov says that it’s time to start thinking clearly about the proper uses of these technologies, and to give up the naive delusion that our most challenging problems can be solved with the click of a mouse.

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Times Higher Education

Good
on Mar 21 2013

This book is a strong contribution to internet studies, media studies, cultural studies and communication studies. Stay with the argument beyond the first few chapters: it is a great ride. You will never see your bin in the same way again.

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Artswrap

Above average
on Apr 24 2013

...is a penetrating look at the shape of society in the digital age, of the direction in which the 21st Century may take us, and of the alternate paths we can still choose

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https://www.scientificamerican.com

Above average
on Mar 15 2013

Here he turns his acerbic pen to the seductive hopes of the Silicon Valley do-gooders—those who claim that clever digital technologies will solve systemic problems of politics, policing and personal behavior.

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