Guest post by Jeff Einstein
Our lives in the digital 21st century are ruled by tens of thousands of digital algorithms. But here’s the one that matters most:
Chemical destiny minus meaningful ritual = addiction.
Here’s how it works, step by step:
We now live in a Brave New Digital World, a society ruled and controlled by a state-sanctioned meta-addiction to all things media and all things digital. Like the citizens of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, we are undone in the digital 21st century less by the things we fear, and more by the things we love and invite into our homes and lives. In the end, our meta-addiction to all things media and all things digital steals our time and money and freedom — just like any other addiction to any other narcotic.
And now it is tearing our nation apart — again, by design …
At times, Midnight Oil posts important articles from others. This post by Jeff Einstein goes to the heart of what we believe is a major problem today. Jeff has been called “the Mick Jagger of digital media” by the New York Times. Visit his site The Digital Apostate. Subscribe to Jeff Einstein 2.0 to read chapters from his new novel.