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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.

CONS:

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.

PROS:

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.

Ugh, these kids and their phones…

Ugh, these kids and their phones…

Ugh, these men-with-hats and their papers…

Ugh, these men-with-hats and their papers…

It took us two thousand years to get to the telegraph. It took us two hundred years to get to the internet. It took us 20 years to to become one with our phones. We’ve always been obsessed with media, and the connection it fosters. It’s just that now all the media we need can fit into our pockets.