A response to today’s On The Media program (WNYC 2/4/11) on how social media is taking over our lives, pushed by perpetual growth driven giants like Google and Facebook, not to mention Apple.
Great program today, important subject.
Your conclusion that social media will now always be a global presence in our lives needs a major general exception. If you ask whether Google’s and Facebook’s goal of ultimate power over our choices might lead to ultimate corruption, the instability of succeeding at it becomes clear. Things that grow till their host dies, like cancer, don’t survive, as their “success” is killing their host.
Everything we admire in nature, though, actually starts its existence as a “little cancer”.
Every kind of new culture or organism starts life with a process of compound growth, starting with a temporary process of seeking ultimate power. That universal start-up processes works by using products from its first tiny bit of control of its environment to continually expand its control of its environment, exponentially. Continue reading Did we turn “Big Media” into “Big Brother” ?