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Palantiri and Social Media

Palantiri and Social Media

Journal, 13 March 2020

So much of social media reminds me of Tolkien's palantirs. Dangerous and corrupting for mortals. Manipulated to show you what will redirect your will to someone else's aims. Seemingly a gift but more a temptation. Can lead even mighty kings to crazed suicide.

Is long-distance, many-to-many communication beyond a small forum always doomed to do this? It seems harmful every time it's been tried.

Ben Berry

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