Nice article. Thank you. I look forward to the followup. But re the following:
“We have inadvertently created a media system that monetizes many of our flaws. It will not go away — we cannot simply put it back in the box.”
I question how inadvertent it all is, given the deliberate creation of algorithms deliberately designed to discombobulate.
As for putting it back in the box, of course we can. The internet — like the airwaves — belongs to the public. Therefore, the public can govern the online world as it wishes. So I would suggest we start by banning all advertising online.
Granted, this would massively disrupt the digital world. But so what? Isn’t it about time the pre-eminent disruptors of our world — notably the world of journalism — were themselves given the boot? Moreover, by killing the advertising cash cow, we also rid the internet of many of its most hideous motives and qualities.
Kill the cow!