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The Death of the Gods : New Global Power Grab - Carl Miller

The Death of the Gods

New Global Power Grab

Paperback Published: 2nd July 2019
ISBN: 9781786090126
Number Of Pages: 400

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A groundbreaking examination of the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century

Winner of the Transmission Prize 2019

The old gods are dying.


Giant corporations collapse overnight. Newspapers are being swallowed. Stock prices plummet with a tweet.

New idols are rising in their place.

More crime now happens online than offline. Facebook has grown bigger than any state, bots battle elections, coders write policy, and algorithms shape our lives in more ways than we can imagine.

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. From a cyber-crime raid in British suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power is being transformed, fought over, lost and won.

About the Author

Carl Miller co-founded The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos in 2012 and has been its Research Director ever since. He has researched and written widely on how technology is changing society, including for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.

Industry Reviews

“ 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

“ There are plenty of books on the market exploring the the insidious impact of technology platforms on democracies, but Carl’s is one of the most gripping. He takes you on a journey through Silicon Valley’s rise to power, during which you meet hackers, cybercriminals, fake news factory owners, activists and psyops agents. It’s thrilling and terrifying in equal measure. ”
Olivia Solon

ISBN: 9781786090126
ISBN-10: 1786090120
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 2nd July 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.28

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