How Social Media Shapes Our Identity Last year, I had a strange dream. My father and I were wading in an industrial canal, reminiscent of a subway, as thousands of hatchery-raised fish were being released into it. The fish crowded, … Continue reading The End of Forgetting
The Endless, Invisible Persuasion Tactics of the Internet Even the cheesiest, most cloyingly overearnest romance movies lack the pathos of the pop-up notifications you get when you cancel an online subscription. “If you leave us now, you’ll take away the … Continue reading Dark patterns
Innocence lost: what did you do before the internet? In moments of digital anxiety I find myself thinking of my father’s desk. Dad was a travelling furniture salesman in the 1980s, a job that served him well in the years … Continue reading The last of the innocents
Twitter Needs a Pause Button As a shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, set about massacring dozens of worshippers at two mosques on March 15, his body cam beamed live footage to social media. Soon after, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of … Continue reading How to tone down social hostility
Who Are Online, Recruited by Advertisers and 4 Years Old? Kidfluencers Samia was an influencer before she could talk. Her parents, Adam and LaToya Ali, are influencers themselves and began chronicling Samia’s impending arrival on YouTube and Instagram in 2014, … Continue reading The world of kidfluencers
When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online Like most other modern kids, Cara grew up immersed in social media. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were all founded before she was born; Instagram has been around since she was a … Continue reading Googling yourself
The Neuroscience of Hate Speech Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them as stupid. He has called undocumented immigrants animals. His … Continue reading Is rage everywhere these days?