How to Fix the Internet

Katie Notopoulos, writing for MIT Technology Review:

Here’s the good news. We’re in a rare moment when a shift just may be possible; the previously intractable and permanent- seeming systems and platforms are showing that they can be changed and moved, and something new could actually grow.


The fix for the internet isn’t to shut down Facebook or log off or go outside and touch grass. The solution to the internet is more internet: more apps, more spaces to go, more money sloshing around to fund more good things in more variety, more people engaging thoughtfully in places they like. More utility, more voices, more joy.

Technology criticism is often interpreted as wallowing in the negative, but Notopoulos puts on a more hopeful twist. This is excellent.