However, I often wonder why we don’t think of now as dystopian. We live in a time where we have had destructive hurricanes and wildfires reach our urban borders. Information warfare unleashed by totalitarian regimes is impacting the democratic process. The reality is torn between real and fake.
We live in a now where a YouTube star will show a dead body hanging in the jungle, for a few thousand views to make a few extra dollars. A $1.50 bet between two online strangers leads to a trigger-happy police force to fire at and kill an American citizen. If this isn’t dystopian, then what is?
My 2018 is going to involve a lot of reflection and improving where I spend my time and attention.
If we all used the advice we gave our oldest daughter tonight — to not give the negative attention seeking younger sister what she wants — and apply it to the chaos agents, the narcissists, the trolls, and the digital negative attention seekers, we’d all be way better off.
And that goes for the platforms that enable and profit off them as well.