In 1919, as the British empire lost its grip on Ireland and the old rules of imperialism faded into irrelevance, the poet W.B.Yeats wrote that “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” Almost 100 years later, our post-war institutions are being undermined by technological innovation and changing attitudes of the public. As ever, centres of power are constantly shifting and many of those who seek to influence the world find themselves playing by an outdated set of rules. “Power has gone wild,” says Carl Miller. “We desperately need to build new cages for power.” Mr Miller is a research director in online technology at Demos, a British think-tank, and author of “The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab.” In it, he tracks how the internet and social media is enabling new groups to wield influence in new ways, yet how authority is also becoming more concentrated among a handful of dominant players. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. We asked Mr Miller five questions for him to answer in fewer than 100 words. Below that is an excerpt from his book. * * * The Economist: You’ve written… Read full this story
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