Say It Ain’t So

Pretty much everything we thought we were building when we built the internet has turned out to be something else. Often, exactly the opposite something else. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to the wildly free speech and always-on transparency we thought would lead to an open-information panacea; where it would be harder to lie, harder to victimize populations, and harder to run corrupt government institutions and other public entities. In Wired, the always interesting Zeynep Tufekci explains how what we really created was The (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age Of Free Speech: “The most effective forms of censorship today involve meddling with trust and attention, not muzzling speech itself. As a result, they don’t look much like the old forms of censorship at all.”

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