A storm is about to break into all areas of our digital lives. I don't think we're about to see health warnings on smart devices. But I do think that there has to be an end to the manipulation, wasteful advertising and anonymous abuse that intrudes into our online lives.
25 years ago the web emerged as positive force for commerce, politics and social cohesion. Now I spend half my day irritated by lazy retargeting, spammy advertising, and sleazy promoted links at the end of articles. This piece from the NYT (and this particular paragraph) sum up the problem perfectly.
Ten years after the iPhone first swept us off our feet, the growing mistrust of computers in both our personal lives and the greater society we live in is inescapable. This publishing season is flush with books raising alarms about digital technology’s pernicious effects on our lives: what smartphones are doing to our children; how Facebook and Twitter are eroding our democratic institutions; and the economic effects of tech monopolies.