The disease beneath the symptoms

Marketing is powerful – it involves understanding the human mind well enough to exert a powerful influence on it. It is a pity that it was associated most strongly with convincing people to consume overproduced stockpiles of consumer goods.

The internet is powerful – it enables people to reach out and make a meaningful connection with anybody else on the planet. It is a pity that it is associated most strongly with fracturing and monopolizing our attention, by using frivolous information.

What is the common denominator here? A broken system perhaps?

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