Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age Susan Crawford. Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age,
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013, 368 pages. ISBN: 978030015312. The book review should be a minimum of 6 pages and is to be typed (double spaced) and checked for
proper grammar and spelling. ECON 4333
Spring Semester 2019
Book Review Instructions
As part of the course requirements, you are to write a review of the following book:
Susan Crawford. Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age,
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013, 368 pages. ISBN: 978030015312.
This book is not in stock at the ASU Bookstore. You should purchase the book as quickly as
possible. I recommend using online book sellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powells
Books. The book is available in paperback and e-book format.
Book Update: Comcast announced on April 26, 2015 that it had dropped its plans to acquire
Time-Warner. Ms. Crawfords book is widely credited with generating opposition to the proposed
merger among members of the public, politicians, and telecommunications regulators.
The book review should be a minimum of 6 pages and is to be typed (double spaced) and checked for
proper grammar and spelling. Here are some general instructions:
The introductory segment should describe the subject matter of the book. What are the
issues under examination in this book? What is the author trying to accomplish?
The review should present a coherent and succinct summary of the authors main
Be sure to explain the principle of common carriage and the historical importance of
common carriage obligations in transportation, local telephone, and utility services. Should
society impose common carriage obligations on monopolistic suppliers of broadband data
services? Why or why not? Summarize Crawfords view on this question.
A key issue concerns the upstream vertical integration of broadband cable distribution
giants like Comcast into programming or content development. Is what sense was the
Comcast-NBC Universal merger a vertical merger? How is this merger anticompetitive, in
After reading Crawfords book, do you have any views on the proposed merger of Comcast
and Time Warner (Time Warner is currently the nations number 2 supplier of high speed
cable services, and also a large cable content provider)?
The final segment of the review should summarize your overall impression of the book. Do
you think this is an important book? Has your thinking changed after reading this book?
Would you recommend this book to others?
Plagiarism is the act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as
1. To avoid plagiarism give written credit and acknowledgment to the source of thoughts, ideas,
and/or words, whether you have used direct quotation, paraphrasing, or just a reference to a
2. If you directly quote works written by someone else, enclose the quotation with quotation
marks and provide an appropriate citation (e.g., footnote, endnote, bibliographical reference).
3. Research, as well as the complete written paper, must be the work of the person seeking academic
credit for the course. (Papers, book reports, projects, and/or other class assignments).
Note that I have bolded point (2) above. It is fine to take direct quotes from the author(s) in your
book review. However, you must enclose the quote in quotation marks and follow with the page
number in parenthesis. For example:
Crawford notes that Netflix is engaged in a game of chicken with Comcast(p. 181).
The book review is due no later than Friday, April 19. Send your book review as an email
attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 870-972-3417.
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