(From the linked story, found in today’s New Yorker.)
This week, the US Federal Trade Commission and 17 states sued Amazon, attacking it as the monopoly power that we’ve watched destroy American print media (intellectual work) since the mid-1990s.
With this lawsuit, the F.T.C. joins government agencies around the world that are trying to limit Amazon’s influence on our countless local economies. The trend also has been called Big Data’s “domination of the Internet” toward the “Walmart-ization” (privatized centralization) of the global marketplace for human production and distribution of local/domestic goods and services.
First the publishing industry — and then others, including media (film/TV) producers: We are all (suddenly, confoundingly) workers for Amazon (or Google, or Netflix). I hope a “new-and-improved” reformed US Justice- and Trade-Fairness system will establish this day as one of global celebration, in the future.
In the mean time, we want to chorus: “Hurrah! At last!”
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