It is utterly absurd that in country like Spain, with abundant sunshine and a huge energy bill from imported fossil fuels, similar projects are not already underway, and instead the government imposes taxes on distributed generation and wrongly insists that renewables can only survive with state subsidies. Whether retrograde governments like it or not, the future of energy generation lies with renewables and distributed generation.
So instead of over-reacting, instead, let’s adapt schools, teach our children how to use the social networks, work harder to prevent abuse, and establish criteria that will allow us to take advantage of something that is here to stay and will be an active part of society.
Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, recently expressed to an audience at Stanford University his regret and guilt for having contributed to creating the social network, saying it was “ripping society apart”, and even recommending that people stop using it. This type of conclusions on the effects of social networks on society strike me as premature, given that they continue to evolve. That said, watching teenagers share content, along with syndromes such as Fear of Missing Out, some people’s desperate need for a dopamine hit in the form of approval from their peers are worrisome or disturbing, but basically reflect: a lack of criteria that is the result of a lack of education. We are dealing with the first generations that have grown up in a world where social media is everywhere, a world in which we carry devices with us at all times that keep us permanently connected, share content, texts, photographs and videos of all kinds, access news with value judgments… and all of this thanks to parents and educators abdicating their responsibility on the basis that young people born into the internet age somehow came equipped with the skills they need.