Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian


14 bookmarks. First posted by farley13 january 2018.


Former Google and Facebook execs are sounding alarms about the power of tech
january 2018 by joeo10
In 2013 he published Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products. His inspiration for the book is the behaviourist psychology pioneered by BF Skinner. Among his pearls of wisdom is one both simple and chilling: “For new behaviours to really take hold, they must occur often.” But on close inspection, even he sounds somewhat ambivalent: last April, at something called the Habit Summit, he told his audience that at home he had installed a device that cut off the internet at a set time every day. Good for him. The reality for millions of other people is a constant experience that all but buries the online world’s liberating possibilities in a mess of alerts, likes, messages, retweets and internet use so pathologically needy and frantic that it inevitably makes far too many people vulnerable to pernicious nonsense and real dangers.
netcritique  socialmedia  articles  facebook  google 
january 2018 by mikael
RT : Happy new year. Latest from me, on why Silicon Valley is eating your soul, and the ex-insiders who know why
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january 2018 by jburnmurdoch
One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old idea of the online world as a burgeoning utopia looks to have peaked around the time of the Arab spring, and is in retreat.
quantomania  cyberlib  langsec  zeitgeist 
january 2018 by bitfragment
We need to talk about this a lot this year. Even more so with end of net neutrality in US.
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january 2018 by kevinmarks