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Jonathan Taplin is the Director of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, but his career actually started in entertainment in 1969, and specifically, he was Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band.

A few years later, in 1973, he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets that was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Then, between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries and 12 feature films, some of which were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe awards.

In 2017, Jonathan Taplin is sharing stories of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs began in the 1990s to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating a set of monopoly firms like Facebook, Amazon and Google that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries.

At #SMWNYC, Jonathan Taplin unpacked some of the themes in his new book, Move Fast and Break Things, which details the rise of these platforms, how they have impoverished creatives, and what led to the rise of fake news and propaganda.

Further analysis and commentary from Jonathan’s #SMWNYC talk

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