…Sinclair’s novel The Jungle revealed the previously unexamined horrors of the meatpacking industry. “Industries have historically gone through periods of almost ignorant bliss, and then people start to expose how the sausage is being made,” he says.
American history is pockmarked by countless instances where the obvious perils of consolidation were ignored by those tasked with protecting us from them. Amazon is the culmination of our multigenerational refusal to learn anything from those experiences.
We need our smartphones, notifications screens and web browsers to be exoskeletons for our minds and interpersonal relationships that put our values, not our impulses, first. People’s time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.