Social Media is a Neoliberal Economic Model

Adam Kotsko for Real Life:

Self-expression and conformity strangely overlap as we compete to see who can be the most alike, meaning who can be the first to say “what we’re all thinking.” […] The active anti-intellectualism of the internet is part of a broader hollowing-out of institutions of education and information, which began before the internet became a mass phenomenon but which the click-driven internet has helped accelerate. Just as the social media phenomenon is driven by a business model, so too is the broader deinvestment in education part of the neoliberal economic model that privileges short-term profit over long-term investment, or more broadly, the accumulation of wealth over any other social goal.