Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Unexpected Consequence of Digital Technologies

Mankind has been reset in the last three decades. The central role in this resetting has been played not by any moral, religious, or political movement, not by any revolutionary ideology, not by any world war, but by digital technologies which are privately owned. Internet based search, social media, and free email services have seminally (perhaps catastrophically) transformed our way of life.

In the early days of the digital revolution, it seemed that the internet based services would fuel liberty and individualism, and lead to lessening of the power that the governments have enjoyed over our lives. But the opposite has happened. The internet based services have become a leash which tie people around their neck and restrict their ability to use their own brain. The internet has led to a new wave of cultism in advanced countries. People have become divided into cults, which bicker on social media.

The population of the digital age is more docile and easier to control than the generations before the 1990s. They whine a lot—and they are more conformist, more dependent on services from the government, and they have poor moral values and work ethic. Due to Internet based search, people have information at their fingertips, but since they don’t know how to ask the right question, they fail to discover anything of importance. Due to social media, they have the power to share their opinions with a large number of people, but since they have little understanding of the political and social problems, they are incapable of having a sensible discussion.

The work from remote location technologies, along with social media, have led to a decline in the public forums where people used to gather for a face to face discussion or confrontation on political and other issues. This has weakened not just the communities but also the bonds between family members.

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