The Death of the Gods
The New Global Power Grab
by Carl Miller
Pub Date 23 Aug 2018
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'Magisterial... a tour de force.' Anthony Giddens
'Essential reading.' Jamie Bartlett
'Prepare to be terrified, exhilarated and occasionally inspired.' Catherine Mayer
'Timely and incisive.' Greg Williams, Wired
'Thrilling and terrifying in equal measure.' Olivia Solon
A groundbreaking examination of the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century.
The old gods are dying. Giant corporations collapse overnight. Newspapers are being swallowed. Stock prices plummet with a tweet. Governments are losing control. The old familiarities are tumbling down and a strange new social order is rising in their place. More crime now happens online than offline. Facebook has grown bigger than any state, bots battle elections, technologists have reinvented democracy and information wars are breaking out around us. New mines produce crypto-currencies, coders write policy, and algorithms shape our lives in more ways than we can imagine. What is going on?
For centuries, writers and thinkers have used power as a prism through which to view and understand the world at moments of seismic change. The Death of the Gods is an exploration of power in the digital age, and a journey in search of the new centres of control today. From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power – the most important currency of all – is being transformed, fought over, won and lost. As power escapes from its old bonds, he shows us where it has gone, the shape it now takes and how it touches each of our lives.
Astounding opportunities are at our fingertips. But are we more powerful as individuals than ever before? Or more controlled?
"A whirlwind ride through huge forces shaping and disrupting the world. Miller encounters new elites and grassroots movements, state actors and companies as big as countries, nerds and visionaries, bad men and some pretty amazing women. Prepare to be terrified, exhilarated and occasionally inspired." (Catherine Mayer, author and co-founder of the Women's Equality Party)
"A timely and incisive book that grapples with some of the most significant issues of our time. There will be countless volumes on "disruption" and "innovation" published this year, but Miller cuts through the noise and examines how the ascendancy of technology is fundamentally shifting economic models and the effect that this is having on society and individuals." (Greg Williams Wired)
"The best sort of tech book: extensive field work, accessible, and ultimately about people rather than computers. The Death of the Gods uncovers the fascinating and often hidden characters that are changing the world. Essential reading if you want to know why the old rules don’t apply any more – and what might come next." (Jamie Bartlett, author of The People Versus Tech)
"A magisterial guide to the impact of the digital revolution on our institutions and our lives. Profound, yet packed with intriguing interviews and vignettes, this is a tour de force." (Anthony Giddens, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Sociology, LSE)
"Digital technologies are uprooting many long-held assumptions about how the world works, from politics and business to media and crime, forcing us to think again about the sources of power and the new ways it is being used. Carl Miller is the ideal guide to this strange new world." (Andrew Gamble, author of Between Europe and America and The Spectre at the Feast)