Franklin Foer Says 'Big Tech' is Hurting Media and Individuality

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The final edition of the Oakland Tribune is displayed in a newspaper rack on April 4, 2016 in Oakland, California. After a 142 years, the final edition of of the Oakland Tribune was printed today. The Bay Area News Group's flagship daily will be replaced with the East Bay Times, a consolidation of other Bay Area News Group papers.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Journalist Franklin Foer was ousted as the head of The New Republic when a Facebook co-founder bought the magazine and shifted the focus away from longform journalism. Foer says this is just one of many changes that signal a seismic shift to a media focused on “clickbait” and web traffic. In his new book, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech,” Foer digs into the ripple effects of technology on media and journalism. He also explores how Apple, Facebook, and Google spur online addictions, and says the companies' focus on global networks push us away from individuality and our ability for deep thought and contemplation.

Franklin Foer, staff writer, The Atlantic; former editor of the New Republic; author, "World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech"