When I read Morozov’s The Net Delusion a few years ago I was much more enamored with ‘technological solutionism’ than I am now. It sounds like this new work gets at some of the issues that are coalescing for me about all things “open.”
Evgeny Morozov’s new book is To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. I’ve just bumped it to the top of my non-fiction to-read list.
“What disgusts Morozov about the slide from free software to open source is that a revolutionary idea — radical transparency, radical sharing — became yet another corporate landscape with a little bit of cooperation between companies. Morozov blames O’Reilly’s "meme engineering" for this shift, for popularizing open source at the expense of freedom.
“The real problem, however, is the way this shift to open source has spawned a creepy kind of political futurism devoted to ‘open government.'”
You can read Morozov’s critique of O’Reilly in this long essay from the new issue of The Baffler.