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An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths

Publisher: Thomas Nelson • 2007 • 304 pages

David beat Goliath because technology extended his reach and amplified his power. Today, thanks to amazing developments in technology, Davids are beating Goliaths everywhere — from small business out-competing big corporations to the bloggers who brought down Dan Rather and Trent Lott, from the private cyberwarriors who stalk Al Qaeda websites to the revolutions in media consumption, entertainment, and political activism. Now, Glenn Reynolds tells this amazing story in “An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and other Goliaths.”

Known for his highly trafficked blog,, Reynolds offers a glimpse into how everyday people are making use of new tech developments to influence the world in journalism, entertainment, counterterrorism, business, manufacturing, scientific research, and many other areas. He also reveals how these trends are likely to change everyone’s life and future. Highlights:

  • How technological power once only available only to national governments is now within everyone’s grasp
  • How bloggers brought down Trent Lott, Dan Rather, John Kerry and New York Times editor Howell Raines
  • How bloggers also changed the course of the 2004 election — and why they will have an even bigger impact in 2006 and 2008
  • How private citizens are using the Web to bust terrorists
  • What the federal government should learn from eBay
  • Why the liberal Big Media are losing their hold over the flow of information and opinion
  • How today’s Internet developed by the uncoordinated activities of ordinary individuals, not by the planning of any authorities
  • How capitalism, combined with personal technology, can enhance “community”
  • How video games may actually be making our kids smarter and healthier (believe it!)
  • How today’s revolutionary technologies are foreshadowing even bigger changes to come, courtesy of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology, and what that means for businesses, families, and politics

Review from Book Review from BlogCritics, by Joshua Sharf

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