Outside the Cave

There’s so much about this that I find troubling, as if we’ve learned nothing since Plato first wrote The Republic and left a warning to our future selves. The real trap of social technologies and the algorithmic control they wield over an increasing part of our lives is laid bare in this brief video narrated by Jon Hamm. The first line — “Imagine a cave, where those inside never see the outside world” succinctly sums up one possible dystopian reality I see many racing towards.

Are we really so quick and foolish as to let technology banish us back to the cave?

A big tip of the toque to OpenCulture for surfacing this. I may need to go rewatch Legion now…