We face a disempowered, disenfranchised future, trapped in parochial affirmation bubbles, living out a new paradigm: benign herd-exploitation.
This stately confluence of economic incentives, monolithic technocracy and authoritarian self-interest is inevitable without some kind of intelligent resistance.
But the old methods of public expression – civil disobedience included – won’t shift the needle.
Local advertising is obsolete. Mainstream advertising requires multi-million dollar marketing campaigns as a bare minimum investment.
Innovation resources are controlled and closely regulated. Expertise is rationed, locked behind paywalls. Investigative journalism is made unprofitable and the outlier journalists themselves are marginalized, or censored into bankruptcy.
Petitions are ignored. Street protest is under-reported or reframed in echo chamber by peer-policed confirmation bias.
Troublemakers and non-conformists get diverted into irrelevant sidebars; or else de-platformed.
Soon there will be no way to be heard, let alone dissent.