As I am writing this post, I have a sense that every word I type is entering, not a black hole, but rather an internet galaxy of trillions of gigabytes (correction, zettabytes) of other words and images. And rather than entering what used to be deemed as a mysterious cyberspace, my words are now searchable, indexable, and can even be claimed and named by another person altogether. . .
This is not intended as a teetotaler response; rather it is suggesting that we teach internet users to “drink responsibly” while online. . . To Paul Miller, reflecting back on his year offline in his article in The Verge [May 1, 2013), “I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet,” the have or have not of the internet became a relational issue, and that it still is. The internet is simultaneously the hero and the villain. . .
As we continue our conversation about the use of social media for social change, we come to design thinker, Tristan Harris, whose tagline states that he “helps the technology industry more consciously and ethically shape the human spirit and human potential.” In his TedTalk, “How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day” (April 2017), Harris . . .
Even as ‘far back’ as 2013, the Pew Research Center on Internet & Technology in their “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age” report stated that 63% of SNS users had “gotten involved” with fellow citizens in a meeting or group to solve some identified problem in their community – the national average is only 48%. It is noteworthy that the PRC identified this as “involvement” in social activism rather than simply awareness, or what some have called slacktivism: mere Facebook posts (or the like) of support for social change without the political activism to back it up. . .