More disturbingly bad pop psychology misdiagnosis of the "social media" problem ...
> "The mainstream social internet is so big; everyone is connected to everyone, over a billion on Facebook alone. The consequences of connection — fake news, radicalization, massive targeted harassment campaigns, algorithmically-generated psychological torment, inane bullshit — were not part of what we were sold."
I agree all these things are bad, but they're not new, and they're definitely not "consequences of connection", but the consequences of corporate-owned media, ad-based revenue model, and political bitterness caused by rising inequality. We migrated to the net in the 90s because the same perfect storm had hopelessly warped TV, and we naively thought the net might be different.
@raucao The doco 'Psywar' tells the story of Bernays and the rise of PR and ads in a fairly compact form (don't let the title put you off, no #TinFoilHat required), but if you have the patience for about 3 hours of viewing time, #AdamCurtis knows his subject much better in his 'Century of the Self' series than he does in '... Machines of Loving Grace'
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