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Date(s) - 11/17/18
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Politics and Prose Bookstore


In this analysis of digital age oligopolies, Wu, the author of The Attention Merchants, a member of President Obama’s National Economic Council, and, not least, the man who coined the phrase “net neutrality,” looks at how the dominance of a few large companies has strained the national economy and subverted capitalism’s promise to create broad-based wealth, and proposes ways to bring the system back to a human scale. A century ago, Justice Louis Brandeis described the social and economic problems of his time as deriving from the “Curse of Bigness”; now, with Big Pharma, Big Tech, and corporations “too big to fail” becoming everyday realities, we may face that curse again.