We are living through something unprecedented. An open-ended social experiment, funded by venture capital, supported by elements of the US military and security state. An industrialised system of writing. We’re writing more than ever before in human history. This is the basis for the world’s most profitable industry: the social industry.The social industry was supposed to be a source of democratic empowerment. If we could all self-publish, each find our own audience, then the old hierarchies would be challenged. Industrial media giants would no longer enjoy ideological monopolies. State secrecy would be weakened. Networked crowds would easily outflank immobile, centralised forms of power. Even celebrity would be democratised. Anyone with a social media account has a public image and a public-relations strategy.Yet how quickly cyber-utopianism became cyber-cynicism.
Source: Willing servants | New Humanist