To those who say that is an affront to democracy given the 2016 result, I ask this. Is it more democratic to rely on a three year old vote based on what an idealised Brexit might offer, or to have a vote based on what we know it does actually entail?
Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.
… brought up in Tudor England could conceivably have held that combination of beliefs and attitudes. The Thomas Cromwell of Wolf Hall is evidently a Volvo-driving, Guardian-reading Corbynite from early twenty-first century Islington who has invented a time-machine, travelled back to the 1520s, killed the original Cromwell and stolen his life.
I’m looking at anything, essentially, with a feed. And the word ‘feed’ itself is a big, flashing warning sign: these apps will literally never stop feeding you. They’re feeders. We’re digital gluttons, gorging on a bottomless larder of content that leaves us less and less satisfied.