Don’t say Black Mirror.
We’re gonna be ok…
The New Media Revolution - yes, I capitalized it - changed the game - games. It changed everybody’s games.
Yes, “these kids and their phones,” fake news, rigged elections, revenge porn, propaganda, privacy violations, ransomware, ruining the word “literally” - and other digitals disasters, Yes, all of that. Awful.
BUT, it’s also supplied us a way to profoundly-more-efficiently spread ideas, change social norms, improve access to health and well-being resources, organize for social change, change laws, hold politicians accountable, fight for justice, feel and be more connected to others, invent gifs, and literally (literally, literally) learn as much as we want about anything any time we feel like it.
So, sorry, but we won this argument. Fine, we’re not arguing, but guess what - every item on both of those lists has played out in other forms of media. No one vilified or considered getting rid of paper when it was used to convey Mein Kampf.
New Media is like any medium that came before it; it’s just way more efficient.