How did we get here? Seriously

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

link to Richard Barbrook: Californian Ideology 20.2 on vimeo

link to Sleeping Through a Revolution – Jonathan Taplin on vimeo

Further reading at The Jacobin.

And even furtherer reading and viewing:

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

The Revolt of the Public: Martin Gurri

The American Conservative and free speech without public spaces

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

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’

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


 

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

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