Are the Tech Giants Too Powerful? (BoF)


American writer, film producer and scholar: Jonathan Taplin

American writer, film producer and scholar: Jonathan Taplin

The article first appeared on Business of Fashion.

OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom — “Amazon now dominates the book business; Amazon would like to dominate the fashion business too,” said Jonathan Taplin, the author of "Move Fast and Break Things," a polemic on what Taplin sees as the destructive monopolisation of the internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon.

In a live debate with Rohan Silva, co-founder of Second Home, Taplin recounted how “a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs,” including Larry Page and Peter Thiel, hijacked the counter-cultural, decentralised vision for the internet, putting tremendous power in the hands of a few technology platforms to the detriment of cul