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Jamie Bartlett
Writer, ‘The People Vs Tech’, The Dark Net & Radicals. Secrets of Silicon Valley. Demos. From Medway.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
I should probably practice what I preach, so I’ll see you in 48 hours. Conveniently this coincides with some royal baby news, but I promise that’s a coincidence... I’m publishing this here to commit myself to it. 👋🏼 /end
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
This is not about ditching the phones or the apps - they’re incalculably valuable for our democracy. It’s about having a relationship with them that doesn’t harm our capacities for careful, reasoned judgement & informed debate.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
We can blame big tech but it’s our responsibility too. In The People Vs Tech I suggest citizens have a duty to work on their capacities of focus & concentration, in a similar way to fitness or diet. It will take discipline, time & above all practice.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
I predict a wave of books in coming months about ‘digital detox’ & how to have a ‘healthy relationship’ with devices. They’ll recommend switch off times, off-grid breaks etc. But they’ll be targeted at the business / lifestyle market. But this is also a problem for our politics.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
And a nation of citizens increasingly susceptible to the sway of the mob and charms of the saviour or strong man (whether left or right wing). Does this sound familiar to you? Attention mismanagement is harming politics.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @WilliamsJames_
A nation that can’t apportion rage accurately: equally furious about a petty misjudgement as catastrophic disaster. A nation, as writes in his new book, which loses its ‘foundational capacities’ to determine what it wants - and prioritises impulse over intention.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
What happens when a whole nation’s aggregate concentration levels decline by 30%? It’s a nation less able to engage with complex ideas & unable to appreciate the nuance in most political arguments. A nation given to easy, black & white answers. Hero! Villain! Fascist! Saviour!
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
I’m as bad as anyone. I used to read entire, dry government documents without checking my phone! I can hardly last three pages now without wondering: ‘has anyone retweeted my last missive?’ It’s a frustrating new habit.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
Replying to @JamieJBartlett
Some of the problem with our current angry, bitter style of politics is (imho) due to our declining ability to concentrate or focus. We live in an age of distraction - small, amazingly useful devices compete for our attention 24/7. Many of us are losing this battle.
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Jamie Bartlett 2h
From the moment this tweet is posted, I’ll be off all social media for 48 hours - no posting and no checking. Here’s why. (Thread)
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Siva Vaidhyanathan🗽🤘🏽 5h
Maybe we don’t need more inventors. Maybe we need more union members.
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Jamie Bartlett 4h
Someone needs to write something (or send me it if already done) about the uses & abuses of the term ‘classic liberal’.
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Carl Miller 4h
I appear in this R4 documentary today by about online culture wars and the British "classical liberals" that have build absolutely enormous followerships online, but have gone almost entirely under the radar of the mainstream press (until now)
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Catrin Nye 5h
Is social media destroying democracy? Or are people just complaining because elections aren’t going the way they want them to? Last few tickets available for this event I’m hosting TONIGHT in central London with and ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
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Matthew Goodwin 6h
If no plans after work there are half-a-dozen seats left at our debate 'Is social media killing democracy?' With leading expert/author of 'The People vs Tech' , reporter & documentary maker & me
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hal Oct 14
Am getting sick of these videos, because I strongly suspect they are garbage. atlas cannot "do parkour". here's why:
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Jamie Bartlett Oct 14
Modern censorship is no longer just about the removal of information - it can also be ‘strategic distraction’: intentionally drowning out certain material with a torrent of meaningless rubbish. (From new book).
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Jamie Bartlett Oct 14
The populist right will soon be highly divided when it comes to robotics & AI. Some will fear it destroys working class jobs & traditional industries; others will see it as a way to maintain certain sectors of the economy (inc care services, nursing) while reducing immigration.
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David Mair 23h
“Total victory for the monopoly is not over economics or politics - it’s over assumptions, ideas and possible futures” “The People vs. Tech”. Narratives, frames, mental models and metaphors?
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Jamie Bartlett 23h
Replying to @anomalyuk
People do
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