Thanks Leo, I don't use FB, and find twitter generally an obnoxious space, though it's compulsive, and the mass media is similarly twisted.I get your points and even agree to some degree in some broader general terms, but I guess I just don't see damage being done on the same massive scale as you do. thinking about things in relative terms, some arguments on this thread are based on a small number of actors/incidences which then get extrapolated and elevated to being representative of the state of our times. context is still important: some people are annoying or stir up shit on facebook and twitter, but the vast (vast, vast) number of users don't, so it's unfair to demonize technology for the sins of the few.
"so powerful" is how we now depend on electronic media for our experiences of personal and public life, and how it is dominated by corporates who are farming us using increasingly addictive and idiotising messages and gadgetry.what is it that's become "so powerful" that it needs to be fixed? who decides what to fix, and how to fix it? it all seems too vague.
But the internet is a tool that can connect folk as never before in human history, so i hope there's still an opportunity to use it to achieve a positive social revolution, 🔥