There was a time when the digital revolution was seen as a kind of techno-utopia. Many people still do see it this way — as an open and free place where everyone has an equal voice and equal opportunity to be heard. Where traditional media gatekeepers and commercial interests are vanquished in favor of an all-out digital democracy.
But, a growing number of activists and thinkers feel quite differently — they say the new digital democracy is more like digital feudalism, where masses of people create free content of inconsistent quality, but all of it produces a profit for giant internet corporations. And, that these corporations are more concentrated and less socially responsible than their old media counterparts.
Astra Taylor, filmmaker, activist and author of the new book, "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture from the Digital Age." She tweets at @astradisastra.
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