• We are unwitting participants in the “attention extraction economy” in which social media companies monetize and profit from our attention and engagement.
  • Social media companies engage in “surveillance capitalism”, which refers to the mass surveillance of our online activity and the commodification of this data for sale. Data collected on us is used to predict and influence our purchases, behaviors, and thoughts.
  • Social media advertising gives anyone the ability to reach huge numbers of people with ease, giving bad actors the tools to sow unrest and fuel political divisions.
  • Algorithms promote content that sparks outrage, hate, and amplifies biases.

Scott Dewing is a technologist, teacher, and writer. He was born the same year the Internet was invented. This does not make him special— just old.

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