Life would be miserable if we only spent time in commercial spaces, because not all value can be captured and supported in a commercial context
Choice and will
The digital landscape has an influence on our lives, but we are more directly affected by our personal choices. We must fend for ourselves, whether or not the technology industry chooses to deal with the implications of their work.
I do believe that social media platforms can create positive change. However, the ones that we have now have been been built by corporations to capitalize on our attention and money. It is time to reimagine a new one, one that is built with a more intentional framework that strives not just for a human-centered future, but for a life-centered future.
Platforms that promised to bring convenience to a process or intimacy to a relationship now wedge themselves into the transaction as new middlemen. Then, we’re left to trust in the benevolence of those who have the power to mold our dependencies. Citing a lot of the concerns I mentioned earlier, those people are less responsible and compassionate than we had hoped. In pursuit of convenience, we have opened the door to unscrupulous influence.