We can re-read this with the insights of Jaron Lanier about how algoritms tend to create trenches and negative emotions are faster to recognize and provoke in their short intense cycles. And sudenly the digital leviathans of our age, much bigger than states (the biggest nation in the world is the whole of Facebook users) are also feeding (on) the fears of people. It's human politics behind the use of algoritms, too.
Its really an indispensable piece. Thought I favor Curtis more wide reaching pieces this is probably Curtis's best on a journalistic history lesson tip (along with the Mayfair Set). But its really a must watch and arguably the best on this subject. 4.5
A staggering indictment on the system which allows institutions to capitalise on fear to sell us their reality of society. These institutions are built fundamentally on relationships of co-dependence and many rely on "the dream" of a society which society in turn buys into. The whole thing is so scarily entrenched that it's hard to know if we could ever possibly escape the nightmare of ourselves.
I really liked this when it talked about the all-present pathology of overinterpretation, which concerns not only this theme but expands into most of our world thinking patterns which infer misguided meaning and agency where non or not enough proof of it exists. However, I did have some problems with some of its assertions and at times it tackles the theme of overinterpretation with oversimplification. And...