Seth Godin wrote a post about media’s race to the bottom that stuck with me for the last few days.
The opening is a good one:
The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books.
Algorithms have no care for cultural richness. All they care about is grinding culture into a viscous listicle-slurry that can be measured and sold for fun and profit.
I used to hate it when people made arguments about the Internet being bad for us. It’s not helpful.
So I won’t. Because really this is about media.