Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Paradox of Digital Technologies

Here’s the paradox of digital technologies—these technologies have simultaneously given people the power to share their thoughts, create private and public groups (mostly online and sometimes offline), access the works of all kinds of thinkers, politicians, and activists, and attempted, in part due to the utopian aspirations of the tycoons who control the digital industry, to found a draconian political order which has the technological capacity to monitor the activities of anyone on a real time basis and impose on society new forms of control and oppression. The tycoons are probably thinking that this state of affairs will go on forever—but they will soon find out that no paradox is everlasting, and that those who try to ride two boats at the same time are likely to lose their balance and descend into the river.

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