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Allan Lasser

back in the saddle

How to Do Nothing

I am concerned about the effects of current social media on expression-including the right not to express oneself and its deliberately addictive features. But the villain here is not necessarily the Internet, or even the idea of social media; it is the invasive logic of commercial social media and its financial incentive to keep us in a profitable state of anxiety, envy, and distraction.

The medium is the message. Applying media theory to understand what kinds of expression are possible—and which aren’t—in the context of commercial social media