How Do We Defuse the Moral Panic Around Technology


I have to admit that it's breaking my heart to watch a new generation of anxious parents think that they can address the struggles their kids are facing by eliminating technology from kids' lives. I've been banging my head against this wall for almost 20 years, not because I love technology but because I care so deeply about vulnerable youth. And about their mental health. And boy oh boy do I loathe moral panics. I realize they’re politically productive, but they cause so much harm and distraction.

Danah Boyd's blog focuses on assorted research thoughts on sociotechnical topics ranging from the census to algorithmic accountability, all with an eye to how data and society intersect with structural inequity. In this piece she provides resources that help us understand the blame game that people are playing with technology these days and looks for the true route cause of mental health issues in our youth and society.


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