Bookmark: "Bye, bye algorithm"

Sebastian Greger


Here’s a comprehensive take on not using algorithmic social media that illustrates how technology non-use is far from Luddism or the lack of technical skills it is often trivialized to.

When you take a step back and look at the playing field of an algorithm-controlled society and how it influences people, the view is absurd. It’s not inclusive, it’s not equitable and it’s not in any way attentive to human wellbeing.

Per Axbom explains how withdrawal from platforms designed to algorithmically exploit and manipulate is a conscious act of resistance:

In fact, many of these things are opposite to what I want to work for. They are contrarian to my values. As I am privileged enough to be able to do so, I am removing my endorsement of the status quo by stepping away. But it would also be an act of privilege to stay and ignore the problems.

I'm Sebastian, Sociologist and Interaction Designer. This journal is mostly about bringing toge­ther social science and design for inclusive, privacy-focused, and sustainable "human-first" digital strategies. I also tend to a "digital garden" with carefully curated resources.

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