Americans assume that the Internet is a tool for democracy. Not necessarily so, says a new book (or rather a review of it).
Authoritarian regimes make an implicit deal with their populations: help yourselves to pirated films, silly video clips and online pornography, but stay away from politics. “The internet”, Mr Morozov argues, “has provided so many cheap and easily available entertainment fixes to those living under authoritarianism that it has become considerably harder to get people to care about politics at all.”
And not just politics, I’d say.
And not just those living under authoritarianism…