Emily Nelson, Recode senior editor of technology and enterprise, writes about the rise of the web and the rise in the use of social media to communicate.
Read MoreFirst, she says, we should be concerned about the way we think about the world and the way the internet works.
“The way we view it is very much like a computer, you put a keyboard on it and it works, and then you get a browser, and you have to be careful with it,” she says.
“I don’t think that’s the way it should work.”
“We’re not living in a democracy, we’re not a democracy of the people,” she continues.
“We’re living in an authoritarian society.
We have a government that wants to control everything and everything is controlled by them.”
She then argues that the internet has created a kind of “cognitive dissonance” that is not healthy for the human mind.
She writes that, for many people, it’s easier to believe what they want to believe than to question it.
“It’s a really easy way to get into a state of denial,” she writes.
“It’s an easy way for people to dismiss evidence that is contradictory.”
She adds that it’s also a “distracting” way for a person to learn to control their own minds, something she calls the “mind-body problem.”
“It can be a very dangerous situation,” she wrote.
“This kind of cognitive dissonance is a very, very bad thing.”
To read more, see our interview with Emily Nelson.