Meta, Indeed

Power concedes nothing. When challenged, it doubles down.

Funny, then, this new name for the advertising-and-data-scraping enterprise formerly (as of today) known as Facebook: Meta — as in taking the same old thing up another level.

Sociologist Mike Savage hypothesizes that, beneath all the hoopla, what’s new in tech and media is really quite old:

“Knowledge and data do not blast us free of history; they more readily allow the past to be mobilized.”

Mike Savage, The Return of Inequality

“The past,” Savage asserts, means, mainly, accumulated wealth.

What did somebody once say about farce and tragedy, tragedy and farce?

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