Blog Synthesis

I usually write about existential threats to society and human nature in my blog posts. In my first post on data centers, I wrote that the “level of impact [of data centers] is consolidated in the hands of a few major providers, which could lead to a highly concentrated and consolidated market that is unresponsive to consumer demands.” When writing about Feed, I wrote about a “race to the bottom of the brainstem” noting that the programmers behind mainstream technologies are “shaping the thoughts and actions of people, proving the point that technology is not neutral” and that we are “susceptible to the whims of just a few people in Silicon Valley.” In my blog post entitled “Mainstream Conspiracy,” I discussed the threat of conspiracy theories today, saying “now that people of power in our society, including the US. President, are purporting these theories, we should be worried.”

I also enjoyed focusing on real-world examples that I thought we might not have looked at in class, like the radicalization of Dylann Roof, the Google Photos incident in which the platform labeled a black woman as a gorilla, and the parallels between Uber and Black Mirror. I think that the nature of my posts has developed over the past ten weeks as I have become more cognizant of how digital culture can affect so many facets of our everyday lives. I was definitely skeptical of technology to begin with, but after having some fruitful debates in class over the benefits and consequences of technology, my understanding of the digital world in which we live has become much more intentional. We can say that technology is bad and just leave it at that, but the fact of the matter is that technology is only going to have an increasingly important role in our lives. It is important to have the tools with which to process the pros and cons of a digital technology so we can mentally situate ourselves and society in relation to it.

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