How did we get here? Seriously

Seeing how companies like Facebook are driving the potential of information technology into the ground here are two three four some videos on the background of the industry.

 

Stage 1: Hope – the origins

link to Richard Barbrook: Californian Ideology 20.2 on vimeo

Further reading at The Jacobin.

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

 

Stage 2: Change – turning south

link to Sleeping Through a Revolution – Jonathan Taplin on vimeo

link to How the Internet Became a Battlefield on Bitchute

‘One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong’

An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption

What Has Google Ever Done for Us?

This Is How We Radicalized The World

‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’

‘Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe,’ by Roger McNamee

Google and YouTube executives ignored warnings on toxic video content, now we’re all paying the price

 

Stage 3: Action – or eternal tyranny

link to Take Back Your Web – Tantek Çelik

The Revolt of the Public: Martin Gurri

Putting a price on our data won’t make the platforms stop abusing our privacy

The American Conservative and free speech without public spaces

At This Point We Have to ask Ourselves: is Google Opposed to Article 13 or the Nation State Itself? PT 2

How I fell out of love with the internet

Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S.

Let’s talk about ride-sharing.

 

And even furtherer reading and viewing:

And here is a guy doing a somewhat proper analysis, while pulling odd examples such as doctors in rural Africa (good luck finding one), while ignoring the harm YouTube did to recording musicians everywhere:
How “philanthropy” is a way for rich people to preserve the inequality that benefits them

Ethan Marcotte on the consequences of design on the web

The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites

And slightly related a new round of funding for future self made tech pioneers:
Trump signs ‘American AI Initiative’ executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research