Law in the Internet Society

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Embracing Doom

People are ready to admit that the state of their digital privacy and security is significantly flawed and that changes would be good. However, they might also find that change is unlikely to come and their efforts to produce it would be in vain or that they have other things they would rather worry about. At that point, the easiest thing to do is ignore the problem and accept surveillance as an unfortunate, but permanent condition. If resistance seems futile, there is no reason to try, and if we have the energy to try, that energy seems like it should go toward the deadliest threats. In either case, the concerns we have about technology do not translate into action. \ No newline at end of file


This draft conveys an idea clearly, which is its strong point. But it does so in a static fashion. Each paragraph says pretty much the same thing: if we think we cannot solve this problem, because it is too daunting at both the individual and systemic level, we will instead ignore the problem and give up.

This may be true. I have pointed in class to the form of collective hopelessness Russians call beznadyoga, and to its production in the Soviet Union as a form of political control, as one billboard on an analytic road to an understanding of the phenomenon. Climate denial and the post-denial forms of pro-fossil propaganda are another. My own approach to solving the problem of collective learned helplessness is FreedomBox, which is a way for technologists to make, use and spread mechanisms of response that teach possibility.

None of these approaches may be to your taste, which is fine. But the best route to improving the draft is to introduce new ideas and forms of analysis, whatever you may want them to be, so that the next draft doesn't repeat the same idea multiple times in eight paragraphs.

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