WE NEED LIBRARIES, NOT LIKES
Social media, for all their powers, cannot give us what we get from churches, unions, athletic clubs and welfare states. They are neither a safety net nor a gathering place.
Despite some CEOs’ claims, platforms such as Facebook and Instagram aren’t driven by the desire to create social infrastructure.
“Author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, from which this essay was adapted.”