To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
by Evgeny Morozov
PublicAffairs, 2013 ($28.99)
In his first book, The Net Delusion, published in 2011, Morozov showed how social media could be harnessed by authoritarian dictators just as effectively as freedom fighters. 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. In doing so, he explains why this techno-solutionism, far from offering a pain-free way of improving lives, may leave us culturally impoverished instead.