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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination
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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

Написано Sheera Frenkel и Cecilia Kang

Озвучено Sheera Frenkel, Cecilia Kang и Holter Graham

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“The ultimate takedown.” – New York Times Book Review

Award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang unveil the tech story of our times in a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace

Once one of Silicon Valley’s greatest success stories, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past five years, roiled by controversies and crises. It turns out that while the tech giant was connecting the world, they were also mishandling users’ data, spreading fake news, and amplifying dangerous, polarizing hate speech.

The company, many said, had simply lost its way. But the truth is far more complex. Leadership decisions enabled, and then attempted to deflect attention from, the crises. Time after time, Facebook’s engineers were instructed to create tools that encouraged people to spend as much time on the platform as possible, even as those same tools boosted inflammatory rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and partisan filter bubbles. And while consumers and lawmakers focused their outrage on privacy breaches and misinformation, Facebook solidified its role as the world’s most voracious data-mining machine, posting record profits, and shoring up its dominance via aggressive lobbying efforts.

Drawing on their unrivaled sources, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company to shine a light on the fatal cracks in the architecture of the tech behemoth. Their explosive, exclusive reporting led them to a shocking conclusion: The missteps of the last five years were not an anomaly but an inevitability—this is how Facebook was built to perform. In a period of great upheaval, growth has remained the one constant under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Both have been held up as archetypes of uniquely 21st century executives—he the tech “boy genius” turned billionaire, she the ultimate woman in business, an inspiration to millions through her books and speeches. But sealed off in tight circles of advisers and hobbled by their own ambition and hubris, each has stood by as their technology is coopted by hate-mongers, criminals and corrupt political regimes across the globe, with devastating consequences. In An Ugly Truth, they are at last held accountable. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Примечание редактора

An inside look…

Enjoyed by everyone from your grandma to Vladamir Putin, Facebook the platform is nearly ubiquitous. But the inner workings and goals of Facebook the company have remained somewhat mysterious. Award-winning New York Times tech journalists Cecilia Kang and Sheera Frenkel use their unparalleled access to take us inside an organization that, for better or for worse, has changed society in unprecedented ways.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательHarperAudio
Дата выпуска13 июл. 2021 г.
ISBN9780062960696
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

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  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    Loved this look back on Ron and Clint Howard's careers, families, and lives.

    Warm, honest, and nostalgic. A great memoir! https://fe-educate.blogspot.com/2022/09/15-Facts-you-didnt-know-about-apple.html
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Loved this look back on Ron and Clint Howard's careers, families and lives.

    Warm, honest and nostalgic. A great memoir!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Driving from work to home and home to work, this book kept me enthralled the entire way. Excellent writing and captivating audio. I truly enjoyed the thorough research. Great job.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Fascinating and important book for anyone interested in modern history and technology. Well written, fast paced, and covers everything from the start of Facebook to where it is in 2021. I often found myself asking, how would the world look now if Facebook executives had made different decisions at key points?
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This book, written by a Washington Post reporter, is about everything the Russians did in the 2016 election, Although much of the information in the book has been reported in the newspaper, the book puts everything in context, and provides analysis and more detail. Seeing everything laid out so clearly is bone-chilling, all the more so when it is set forth so logically and clearly, rather than in the snippets and bits and pieces of the daily news reports. If you read this book and are not convinced that the country is in deep trouble, you are being willfully blind.This is one of the best books I've read on this subject, connecting all the fragments, as we teeter from one crisis to the other (forgetting prior crises as new ones arise). The book confronts us with just how unprecedented and horrific these past few years have been.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This is a well researched and comprehensive look at the presidential election of 2016 and the role Russia played in it. While watching the news every day has provided me with a great deal of insights into this topic, reading books such as Miller's helps put it all together. There is no question in my mind that Russia used a variety of methods to disrupt out electoral process and to put Donald Trump in the White House to benefit themselves. We are in a frightening time in our country's history and those who choose to bury their heads in the sand need to sit down and read a book as this one to truly understand why there needs to be some major changes, especially a new president in 2020.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Very interesting on issues concerning our time ! i thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This was a wonderful book, especially in audio with Ron and Clint Howard reading it! It was so interesting to hear about their upbringing by their actor parents who let their careers slow down when Ron got the role that made him famous as Opy on the Andy Griffith show and Clint in Gentle Ben. Hearing about the people and how things worked on their shows and movies was fascinating especially since we have been watching The Andy Griffith show on MeTV! Highly recommended!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Rance and Jean, parents of Ron and Clint, move to California to pursue their dreams of becoming movie stars. Instead, their children become stars. Ron stars as Opie in the Andy Griffith Show, Richie in Happy Days, and in numerous movies. Once grown, he becomes a world famous movie director. Clint stars in numerous shows as a child, and then after battling addiction, becomes a character actor in films. However, this book is a tribute to Rance and Jean, who encouraged them, treated them fairly, and set them up for success.This was an absolutely fascinating book. I knew little about the Howard family before reading this book and was captivated by their family dynamic. The writing style was dynamic, oftentimes funny, and brutally honest. Overall, highly recommended!
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    The Ugly Truth is a perfect title for a history of this social experiment. The truth is that social media started out with great idealism but turned into a Frankenstein monster fueled by greed and lust for power.

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  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Nothing surprising new. Still is different to suspect something and know it supported in facts. Facebook is a business, a soulless one. And it feeds of emotions because that makes likes and posts.
    I will be more conscient of my information and the way I’m sharing it.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I will never look at fb in the same way again. No turning back.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Definitely insightful in terms of providing a picture of the mindset the individuals have in big tech

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Wow!! The books definitely makes you wonder if Facebook was to be an entertainment streaming platform for movies and alike, how bad could it be as far as binge watching and addictiveness it could bring. But then again, there is still time, who knows ,right??

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    My first audiobook, and probably much more insightful than anything I've ever read in the past 20 years. I highly recommend it to anybody trying to understand Facebook and tech businesses in general. Especially free to use Ad monetized services.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Riveting. This is a great book on how Facebook helped caused the misinformation that we see now.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    As celebrity memoirs go, this is fairly tame. No big scandals, no tell-all about other celebrities. Aside from Clint's addictions, (he's now sober), this is just a simple, sweet story about a family of working actors. Both Ron and Clint started acting when they were very young, their careers for a while eclipsing their father's. The book covers the years when their parents met and fell in love, through The Boys' acting and growing up in Hollywood, to the beginning of Ron's directing career. The structure of the book works really well, with alternating views of the authors, including asides/interruptions by the other, giving the feeling of sitting with the two of them as they tell their story. What resonated most for me is that other than being in show biz, the Howard family was normal and relatable. The book is a delight.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    It was an interesting book, the history, management, stance on privacy, etc. However, I’m not pro-Trump, but the book turned into a Trump slam at the end which really took away from it. It felt like the the author was ranting their political opinion instead of keeping with the theme of the book.

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  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    It was interesting to see someone diving deeper into the concerns that big tech represent our society.
    However, I feel that their coverage did little to address the institutional bias that exists a cross the board with mainstream news and big tech. The authors seemed to buy in hook, line and sinker into the left-wing narratives.

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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I love memoirs, and especially those related to favorite TV programs or movies. I have liked the work of both Ron and b Clint Howard. The audiobook is especially fun because they read it. .
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    The Boys by Ron and Clint Howard is a 2021 William Morrow publication. As I read and listened to this book it struck me that the Howard brothers have been a presence in my life since I was a small child. This is very rare as we all know, but although they have popped in and out of my awareness, either with series television, movies, guest roles, or behind the scenes work, I occasionally marveled at the staying power of the Howard ‘boys’. Have their lives been as charmed as they appear to be? Other than what most other people know- I really didn’t know anything about the brother’s parents, what kind of upbringing they had, their personal relationships- friendships or romances, etc. But, even if I did have more than the surface information, I would still want to read this book. I'd just like hearing the story come straight from Ron and Clint. It is their life, and they can give people insights they could never ascertain any other way. Telling one’s story, with both personal and career elements is such a personal endeavor, as one decides what to share, what readers would be interested in knowing, and still be honest, and forthright. I would say that the Howard brothers did a great, and very thorough job. Maybe it is just me, but I never would have guessed that Ron and Clint were brothers, if didn’t already know. I see very little physical resemblance, and that seems to be true in temperament as well. Clint’s perspective and personality, though ambitious, didn’t seem to have the same drive as Ron. He isn’t the boy scout that his older brother is, and his career has not followed the same path. I knew very little about Clint from a personal standpoint and found his portions of the story, though not as generous as Ron’s, to be more comical at times, but the darker tones of his life are quite evident. Although the book was a bit too long, and maybe not all the stories told are as interesting or impactful to the reader as they were for Ron or Clint, for most part the book was very interesting and the two brothers were both very articulate, and the information they included in the book gave readers an up close and personal view of what it is like to be a child star, to try and live a ‘normal’ life, how they each coped with fame, and how some doors opened and some closed at just the right time and place. Although both brothers have been successful, Ron’s goals were a bit more focused, and his personality is more positive, looking at the things through a rosier lens than Clint. Clint chose to be an actor, not a behind the scenes guy, and his experiences weren’t always as rosy as Ron’s- far from it, in fact. In the end, though, I reflected back in the book, after learning who had prodded Ron and Clint to consider writing it, and how it came to fruition, I thought that of all the memoirs, especially when dealing with Hollywood actors and players, it is true, that the child star, especially that of a television series star, rarely ever makes it through to this point in their lives where they can write a memoir about their long, long, long careers in the entertainment industry. Despite some dark days for Clint, the brothers have weathered the stereotypes, and pitfalls, and have enjoyed careers that have spanned decades, and that is quite an accomplishment all on its own. The book, maybe because it comes from two seasoned performers, has a slick, polished presentation, but it has a very honest quality about it, and felt sincere. There is a great deal of material to cover, with two people contributing to the memoir, but the book is well organized and overall, I appreciated the approach, and the obvious amount of work the guys put into the book, and I enjoyed taking this journey with them. I loved that the memoir was like an ode to the ‘Boys’ parents, and it is obvious, that though they’ve lived unconventional lives in many ways, they have also lived traditional ones, where family relationships are at the center of their lives, first and foremost. I really loved the way the book ended, as the brothers ribbed one another good- naturedly with jokes the readers will now fully understand. 4 stars
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    What a delight this memoir is! Especially for anyone growing up watching Ron and Clint Howard on television, it is a real treat to get backstage insight to their growing-up years. With a candid look at their parents and themselves, the boys tell readers what life was like for the whole family. It wasn’t always easy. Tough decisions, sacrifices for others, dogged pursuing of roles, and more are all laid out in this memoir. Though good things happened for both the brothers, there were still disappointments for each, especially as they got older. Each had to chose where his future success would be. For Ron, it was undoubtedly directing. For Clint, it was becoming a character actor. Ron’s path seemed smooth, but it was not without some troubles. Clint’s path was really rocky, made that way by his own indulgences to drugs. But both seem to have achieved what they sought, and now have a fulfilled and happy life. It was so nice to read about a Hollywood family who supported each other in the business, and in Ron’s case, is still married to his high school sweetheart, 46 years later. Listen to the audio version, narrated by Ron and Clint Howard - it’s a great performance by both.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Watching Ron Howard in my childhood and his movies as an adult, I was interested in his story. The audiobook is excellent and the two sides of Ron and Clint Howard play off each other wonderfully. Starting his career in the incredibly successful Andy Griffith Show and then Happy Days it is easy to think that everything was easy for him but the book reveals how the great selfless sacrifice and leadership of his parents, a strong work ethic, enduring career identity crises, and pursuing and creating opportunities. Likewise, Clint's career and lifestyle challenges are characterized by risk-taking (sometimes dangerous and poor risks), a strong work ethic, and the confidence to be his own person not living jealously in the shadow of his older brother. Instead, the deep and sincere love and mutual respect between the brothers is an encouraging story. Their parents were talented and dedicated parents who didn't live through their children nor completely sacrificed themselves for their children (and didn't exploit them), but enjoyed a crazy Hollywood journey together that didn't crash and burn or become a cringy sideshow.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I’m four or five years older than Ron Howard, but when I see him or watch one of the movies he’s directed, I feel like I almost grew up with the guy. For those of us of a certain age, our relationship with “Ronny” Howard began with the still wonderful-to-watch The Andy Griffith Show, but that was far from Ron Howard’s first venture into movies and television. That is, however, where the Ron Howard clean-cut image began taking form before being further strengthened by smash hits like the George Lucas film American Graffiti and the hit television series Happy Days. Ron Howard seemed to us to be the ideal All-American boy even though some may have suspected that the image was just too good to be true.Well, they were wrong. Ron Howard really was the All-American boy he appeared to be on film. And strangely enough, before I read The Boys, the new biography/memoir by Ron and Clint Howard, I ran across quite a few negative comments saying that The Boys makes for pretty boring reading. Why? Because all the love in his family, their work ethic, and their success in the business became too plain vanilla to hold a reader’s attention for a whole book. They were hoping for some dirt on the Howard family, and they were obviously disappointed not to find much of it there. (I do have to believe that some of the book’s harshest critics quit reading before Clint Howard opened up about his alcohol and drug abuse problems, however.)The Boys is co-written by the Howard brothers, although Ron, as you would expect, gets the bulk of the page count. That doesn’t, however, mean that Clint does not contribute to the flow of their memoir. In fact, the contrasting views of the two authors combine to tell a family story that neither of them could have come close to telling as accurately or as movingly on their own. And it’s pretty much all there. Both men cover their individual careers in some detail, offering stories and insights that only they are privy to. Ron hits all the highlights, especially his Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, American Graffiti, and Music Man highlights. He also explains where, and when, his great desire to become a movie director originated, and how lucky he considers himself to be that he was able, ultimately, to live his true dream. Clint Howard’s work will likely surprise some readers because he has accumulated some 200 movie and television credits since he began acting as a toddler, including, of course, the Gentle Ben television series. Clint whole heartedly embraces his status as a character actor, and it has translated into a career that has served him well for over fifty years now. Personally, what I find most compelling about The Boys is learning about the personal sacrifices that the Howard parents made so that their boys could find and earn their places in life. Those sacrifices were numerous, and as it turns out, they were well worth it.Bottom Line: The Boys will be of particular interest to fans of Ron Howard’s acting and movie directing talents but, really, the best thing about the book is the way the boys credit their parents for their success. That Jean and Rance Howard were able to give their sons a relatively normal upbringing while working in an industry that so often destroys families is remarkable. The critics are right: with a couple of exceptions, this is a feel-good book…just what I needed as we close out a year like the one 2021 turned out to be.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This book was so good! Both Ron and Clint Howard give us an exclusive peek into their lives as child stars. Their upbringing was definitely different than most kids, but they didn't suffer for it. Their parents were exceptional and were actors in their own right. I loved the insider information given about the shows they were involved in and the relationships they formed with people in the business. Learning what it was like attending a PUBLIC school as a child star, and navigating every day challenges of being recognized and judged based on their tv characters was truly interesting. I can't praise this book highly enough. Next I want to listen to it on audio as it is read by them. 5 stars.