An Outsider’s Perspective

As a double major in Anthropology and Film and New Media, Tim Wu‘s discussion of the outsider inventor was the point that stood out to me most in The Master Switch. So what does an outsider’s perspective bring to the table of invention? Wu explains the outsiders perspective as having “innovative distance”, “the importance of […]

Future Innovations (VR)

  While I was reading “The Master Switch” by Tim Wu, I could not help but think about the present day innovations that are being made technology-wise today. In Tim Wu’s book, he wrote about the advancements in innovation and technology, from Alexander Bell and international phone calls to the moving picture and television. I […]

Innovation in a World of Corporate Greed

Our society has come a long way in regards to the formation of mass communication and new technologies. We now have access to incredible inventions, like virtual reality headsets or devices that allow us to access information within seconds, but we had to start somewhere to get where we are today. There were many brilliant […]

Today’s “Legion of Decency”

I find it really interesting to watch films from around the time that the Hays Code was in effect. There’s such a dramatic difference in how these films handle certain sensitive subjects, often times by just hiding it from the screen. Consider this scene from the classic 1944 film, Double Indemnity: Violence is implied, yet we […]

The Krono’s Effect: Monopolizing Information

AT&T does not play any games when it comes to sustaining its position as an imperial, monopolistic force. This was painfully apparent after reading Wu’s book, The Master Switch, which situates the history of innovation, industry, and information technologies within the theoretical frameworks of the Krono’s effect. In Greek mythology, Kronos, the second ruler of […]

Doubt me, then Watch me.

Growth, whether it be personal, social, economical, political or physical happens every day. In our society growth is inevitable. People are exposed to new ideas and knowledge every day, which can sometimes lead to advancements. Innovation leads to ideas which can sometimes lead to inventions. Tim Wu’s novel The Master Switch: the Rise and Fall […]

The Outside Inventor

“The outsider has nothing to lose” (Wu, 20). It is just this mentality that Tim Wu maintains throughout most of his book, The Master Switch, describing the world’s most innovative tech inventors. Wu argues that these creators, the so-called “outside inventors,” function at a distance from business regulations, monetary pressures, and other conditions that affect […]