"In the 1990s, Silicon Valley promised a global virtual community that would level hierarchies and empower individuals. How did that ideal morph into a habit-forming outrage machine that spies on us?"
What Silicon Valley builds has been controlled mainly by capitalists looking for profitable ventures, and "a habit-forming outrage machine that spies on us" was the profitable thing to build. The funders of Silicon Valley were never serious about the ideal of the net as a global public square. For them it was just marketing spin, stolen from the hackers who were serious about that ideal, and still are.
@strypey Would you say Bill Gates trying to enforce copyright on his software was the first major instance of it?
@strypey I think it's just a consequence of _unchecked_ capitalism. Capitalism is a machine and business which have negative externalities, have higher profit margins.
Govt intervention is a popular solution, but I feel consumers showing strong preference for ethical products would have made a difference. The hackers have failed to educate the masses on freedoms, privacy, security, right to repair etc.
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