Remember when we thought the internet, being “open,” might be a leveler of power, putting the tools of creation in everybody’s hands equally? The reality is our digital devices are new shackles chaining us to corporate America and to government surveillance. Despite what we expected, the internet has actually enabled greater concentration of power. In a revealing examination of our new digital realities, my guest on this show is Astra Taylor, author of the just released The People’s Platform; Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She suggests that the internet be treated as the public utility it has become.