The original: I railed about the use of disconnected headlines on emails from as intellectual a publication as Smithsonian Magazine, and linked it to Neil Postman’s analysis of the values of the TV age.
The follow-up: Wired Magazine wrote about the decline of the internet and Wikipedia as it morphs into a graphics- and not text-based medium. They also cite Postman.
Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals — ‘like’ buttons — over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciously performing.