Why are we so reliant on technology, especially social media?

“The internet is a reflection of our society and that mirror is going to be reflecting what we see. If we do not like what we see in that mirror the problem is not to fix the mirror, we have to fix society.” Said computer scientist Vint Cerf. “It is much harder to examine broad systemic changes with a critical lens and to place them in historical context than to focus on what is new and disruptive.”

I found this quote compelling because it brings to life a narrative that shows accountability, self diligence and attentiveness when it comes to maintaining personal actions through the computer. If we want to live with an internet is censored, then we will live in a society that is censored, if we want to live with an internet that is trash filled and intrusive, we will live with that.

Is is important to look at the internet in this context, personal use when described within a wider social setting creates awareness of our individual actions and the actions of a larger group. Networked publics are important to understand because interaction through this ports are the ways in which internet and social activity are described.

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