Slashing big tech’s Gordian Knot

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” we used to be told in elementary school when we took our turn in front of Netscape Navigator to travel Mr. Gore’s Information Superhighway. A useful corollary would have been “Don’t believe everything you read about the internet.”

There is probably no subject in recent American history about which more nonsense has been talked. From its inception to the present, we have told ourselves that a communications technology that has destroyed the attention spans of billions, a surveillance tool that even the imaginary totalitarian dictators of Orwell and Huxley could never have dreamed of, a vast repository of pornography and terrorist correspondence, ennobled the human race.


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