FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicco Mele, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Nicco Mele is a man who knows the internet. The webmaster for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004 and the founder of a leading internet strategy firm, his discussion moves between the effect of Twitter on news reporting, Hollywood’s relationship with Netflix and Al Qaeda’s use of YouTube. These are only three of the many examples which make this book so interesting. The big ideas are sustained by engaging anecdotes.

The theme of Mele’s book is the effect of “radical connectivity”, which he describes as “our breathtaking ability to send vast amounts of data instantly, constantly and globally”, thus transforming politics, business and culture.


Driven to Destruction – The Rise and Fall of American Individualism

By: Sunday May 2, 2010 8:30 am

Our distorted form of individualism has led us to brink of disaster, and it prevents us from understanding our own culpability. The oil industry lives and breathes because we continue to buy their gas. The government turns a blind eye to their negligence because we as citizens don’t hold them accountable. But somehow, we as citizens and consumers see ourselves as victims rather than partners in the crime.

Can Disney’s Davy Crockett Save America?

By: Sunday November 1, 2009 9:30 am

The authoritarian right has created a false image of frontier-style individualism, out of sync with the broad-mindedness of our country’s real frontiersmen. Can Disney’s Davy Crockett save us?

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