Friday 27 April 2018

Internet crisis reveals the failure of the liberal dream has failed

Social media, all rights and no responsibilities, was the perfect product for the liberal era, except that we were the product, writes Brendan O'Connor

Tech titan: Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates
Tech titan: Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Ironically, it is perhaps a sign of the way the internet has imprinted public discourse that the discussion around social media and digital safety has all the hallmarks of an internet uprising of outrage.

It has been a sudden whooshing up of anger and concern and demands that something be done. Previously good guys are now bad guys and history is not important. How we got here is irrelevant, people just want something done and they want it done now.

It might be vaguely instructive to ask how we did get here. It might be vaguely instructive to observe that we all partied. And it might be vaguely instructive to note that none of this is a surprise to anyone with any common sense.

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