The "Enshittification" of Online Life, with Cory Doctorow
Novelist and Internet activist Cory Doctorow discusses "enshittification," the term he coined for how online platforms start out great but gradually become nightmarish for users. How can we fight back against the forces of enshittification? Cory suggests some federal policies that would put power back in the hands of regular Americans. Plus: What made Twitter a once-thriving platform, and what will happen to it now?
Recorded March 16, 2023
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Cory's piece, "The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok"
Cory's book, with Rebecca Giblin, "Chokepoint Capitalism"
Cory's new novel, "Red Team Blues"
Cory's forthcoming book, "The Internet Con"
Cory's site, pluralistic.net
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