Hey! Glad to see some genuine engagement here! Most of the replies, including your own, raise some great points, but it might surprise you that I don’t disagree with what you said. Hopefully we can work things out!
Your premise seems to be that the problem with Facebook is privacy.
Privacy is a red herring in my opinion, not that it’s not important, but the problems in the digital age, like privacy, are built around another concept.
My post is aimed at what I call the “woke” tech community, and I tried to tiptoe around some specific words because that community seems to get triggered with some basic facts about the matter. Let me explain:
In my view, the issues of tech are closely tied to economical, cultural and technological inequality. In more plain language this is a form of social injustice. Here’s were the anti-SJW’s, anti-feminists, right-wingers and “centrists” of reddit and youtube usually roll their eyes.
In away you hinted at it, if this wasn’t fully clear let me re-frame some of your statements: digital isolation is a creation of the people in power, the options of what cellphone companies you can choose from are made by people in power, whatever is considered good business is determined by people in power, the inhumane behavior of people online is being perpetuated by people in power, the public space is controlled by people in power.
This is a form of social injustice reflected on digital surface area. Now what one does with this information is key, by pulling the curtain and revealing unjust power structures you can come to many conclusions, in my post I focus on one of them:
You can wrongfully conclude that instead of challenging the status quo and the unjust power structure you can simply “opt out”. Reading the work Snowden brought to light might make you say “Hey, that’s unjust, I should do something about it”, RMS even calls proprietary software an injustice, these figures acknowledge the power structure.
But some of their followers don’t, they ether don’t call them unjust or think the problem is specific to privacy. The importance of calling out this wrongdoings under the term unjust is that justice implies a society, a collective group trying to come to an agreement of that’s acceptable behavior rather than individuals trying to undermine each other for selfish reasons.
The original post focuses on other terms, it’s about undermining the values the “woke” tech community claims to champion, precisely not to use trigger words that would shut down their critical thinking. Terms like social justice tend to do that. The tech woke community tends to share values with the anti-SJW, anti-feminist and overall skeptic community, who value facts, logic and debate over challenging the status quo (and actually making a change). That’s why my post focuses on showing how quitting tech in the name of freedom, free speech and privacy will logically lead to the repression of those values - Because to the “skeptics” facts and logic is everything.
I believe technology can be better as long as people acknowledge the power structure, not because tech is the solution, on the other hand we are the solution. A better society won’t come from increasingly humane tech, it’s the other way around, a more humane society will create better technologies. I believe in us.