Episode 2: Individuals Online

What exactly are we doing when we’re spending time online? Who profits from our presence there?

What exactly are we doing when we’re spending time online? Who profits from our presence there? And how has being on the internet changed the experience of being human?

 

 

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Episode notes

Two high-profile writers who cover internet culture meditate on the experience of being a person in the internet age. Social media has presented new phenomena—such as “doom-scrolling” on Twitter or visiting pop-up Instagram “experiences”—for human minds and spirits to contend with. We examine how the attention economy monetizes our time spent online, and Amanda and Jenny consider ways of using the internet that offer spiritual sustenance rather than dread.

 

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Further reading

Amanda recommends:

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