The Bridge: No matter your age, your stance, or your level of involvement – the shockwaves of the Supreme Court decision this week will affect you. Going forward, young people have a lot to consider when it comes to their data and privacy.
Oh boy. It’s been a week, hasn’t it?
There’s been much upset online and IRL (that’s In Real Life, for those hoping to get the lingo merit badge) following the US Supreme Court decision to overturn a 50 year old ruling that will affect the upcoming generation of girls and women.
As with any divisive topic, this ruling hit social media and caused some immediate shockwaves – many of them in unexpected places.
Of note, Meta (parent company of Facebook and Instagram) has banned discussion of the topic during work hours, using internal platforms. Some see it as censorship, silencing vulnerable voices in the workplace. On the other hand, Meta will be covering employee travel expenses for those seeking an abortion, joining Disney, Netflix, Comcast, Paramount, and others.
These social ripples are ongoing. There’s high level dissatisfaction with corporations that are quick to jump on whichever bandwagon is trending. As more women enter the workplace in the upcoming years, these clashes will remain visible and telling.
The average user of tech and social media has grown tired of seeing targeted ads that border on mind control and reading headlines of how their data has been siphoned and sold to another country. What’s happening in the background as tech giants struggle to remain relevant is the expansion of the alternative – the rise of Web3.
We’ve covered this in pieces in previous issues, but it bears repeating that as the users of the internet continue to feel abused, both online and off, in the workplace and out of it, there will be a slow and steady rise in interest in an alternative.
Let’s broaden our scope on social media real quick.
Do you see it? Because we clearly see “protest” trending at a viral rate. The aforementioned Roe v Wade ruling has engulfed social media spaces, changing our feeds (where everyone meets on social) into crash courses on modern day organizing and #resistance.
So where does technology come into play? Well, protestors don’t want to be tracked, obv (that means obviously), and are taking measures to leave behind what most can’t go without: cell phones.
While iPhones and Androids totally ease daily processes like planning and communication, they also track and report every move and interest to the internet. They also can be used by law enforcement, and nobody wants those kinds of problems.
Phones aren’t the only things being ditched for the #revolution though, and we bet 1 whole bitcoin that you can’t guess some of the others…
All right, we’ll tell you a few:
- Smart watches
- Contact lenses
One last thing.
If you can believe it, activism is as popular as sliced bread… or Billie Eilish. Social media glamorizes the protesting and activism of young adults, influencing your kid to get active without understanding the risks involved. Talk with them about the causes they’re passionate about, and the realities of #resistance.