There’s One Thing We Still Haven’t Learned About the Internet

Enjoyed this Essay.

 

“We’ve got to stop thinking of the internet as an extension of who we are, and start to realize that it’s an agent all its own, a nonhuman brain, in a way, that foists on us between the lines a cruel, unspoken agenda: It wants you to stay.

It wants you to stay, telling you that you’re better for it, a better human, a better global citizen, a better mother or programmer or chef. That if you only scroll or click a few more times, you’ll have it under your belt, whatever it is. But the thing we still haven’t learned about the internet is that it doesn’t want your fulfillment, and it never did.

And it will never deliver it”

 

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