“Tougher regulations needed for Facebook” is a good idea, but our willingness to follow the great digital distraction down the rabbit hole in the first place is the real red flag.
Laws that protect us from ourselves are a necessary reminder that the garden of human character requires constant tending. Entrusting civilization to algorithms is truly frightening.
Anyone familiar with our past has every reason to suspect our “progress.” History and the stories of classic literature reveal the full scope of our species, the heroic and beautiful along with the base and depraved. As we abandon recognition of our weaknesses (science vs. humanities), we facilitate the illusion that the convenience of digital technology replaces a healthy human character.
If current generations succumb to the digital sheep-herd, what are the prospects for our successors?
Art James, Port Ludlow