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Perhaps there were relatively few hoarders in the past because not many could afford the space. These days, everyone with broadband is a potential hoarder.
The social network makes MPs do their jobs differently: they commit to views more hastily, burn relationships and shun nuance.
The problem is not “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”, as Bruce Springsteen put it, but the opposite: there is too much on.
The technology benefits everyone, which then erodes the advantage of controlled thinking – for instance, by the over-consumption of food.
Advertising, once a creative industry, is now a data-driven business reliant on algorithms. The implications are deeply sinister – not only for the consumer but for democracy itself.
Ian Leslie discovers how the two companies show Silicon Valley’s split personality.
The internet is an answer machine, it doesn’t help us ask better questions. It feeds the illusion that we already know everything we need to know to be well-informed.