Joel Achenbach reports in the Washington Post on how digital dissenters say human needs are getting lost in the digital revolution and start to fight the tech establishment.
Taylor is a 21st-century digital dissenter. Sheâ€™s one of the many technophiles unhappy about the way the tech revolution has played out. Political progressives once embraced the utopian promise of the Internet as a democratizing force, but theyâ€™ve been dismayed by the rise of the â€œsurveillance state,â€ and the near-monopolization of digital platforms by huge corporations. [â€¦]
Techno-skeptics, or whatever you want to call them â€” â€œhumanistsâ€ may be the best term â€” sense that human needs are getting lost in the tech frenzy, that the priorities have been turned upside down. They sense that thereâ€™s too much focus on making sure that new innovations will be good for the machines.