‘Social Media’ Companies Have Failed Us. What’s Next?

Credit: Pawel Kuczynski

Social media companies are in the news again. One might even say that they’ve become the news — their executives and mysterious algorithms choose what search results billions of us see first, what videos and articles we watch next, and whose accounts get to be legitimized and projected to the public. Social media’s “recommended content” is a trap which puts our collective and individual attention…