When I read this article, I saw our modern world from a different perspective. Most importantly, I better understood my role in our society.
The article is called: “Be the friction – Our Response to the New Lords of the Ring” by Shoshana Zuboff. (Disclaimer: Shoshana Zuboff is my mother, but I’ve been reading her work my whole life, and this piece has particularly moved me.)
In this article, Zuboff analyzes the new “Surveillance Paradigm” and reveals how the NSA and other entities have been using technology to surveil and control individuals. The only way that individuals can stand up for their rights and privacy is to be the friction, to raise their voices against unjust intrusion, and to advocate for a world that protects their individuality.
For environmentalists, it’s not just the NSA but also the idea that we fund social media, and these companies are clueless about the larger social and political consequences of their actions as they track and sell our data in greater and greater volume.
Trust me; this article is the one thing that you should read this month.