Who will take a stand against the predators who hack our instincts for profit?
Social media is mental sugar; it gives a quick rush, is addictive and rots your brain.
Stones for bread
This war will not be won by laws. Parents need to get a grip on their own addictions and save their children. Of course they want kids on social media! Look how quickly it turned them into sexualized mental cases!
I'm not sure we'll get on top of any of our addictive behaviours until we address what's missing in our lives that's enabling them in the first place.
The recent devolution of gambling law in the U.S. does not bode well for vice regulations in the current climate. Since the supreme court struck down a federal ban on sports betting in 2018, ~25 states have legalized it. Now even the Washington Post has a page dedicated to betting tips, and the WWE is trying to institute gambling on their scripted wrestling matches. Public opinion polls show a flip to net favorability of sports betting in the decade of lead-up to 2018. It seems therefore that the population is making its own bed so to speak, and the law has not been co-opted by corporate interests or a misaligned legislator class.
Whelp, you got me. The combo of the laughs you got out of me hearing you on a few pods, and the precision of your observations along with some great bits of writing drew me in. Excited to see where it goes 👍
Great article. We should all get behind this: https://safescreens.org/
After reading this essay and Paul Kingsnorth's essay "The Universal: Four Questions Cincerning The Internet Part One with the frightening video discussing the exponential and somewhat autonomous evolution of AI, I wished that we still had Christopher Lasch to incisively analyse this worrisome development. But then I was comforted by the fact that we have Mary Harrington to capably take up where he left off.