Don’t Be Evil

Forthcoming in the November, 2023 issue of Locus Magazine.

Cory Doctorow

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A giant robot attacking two cowering people captured in bell jars, by shooting lasers out of his eyes. He has a Google logo on his forehead. A “Move Fast and Break Things” poster hangs on the wall behind him, and over head is Apple’s “Think Different” wordmark.

It’s tempting to think of the Great Enshittening — in which all the internet services we enjoyed and came to rely upon became suddenly and irreversibly terrible — as the result of moral decay. That is, it’s tempting to think that the people who gave us the old, good internet did so because they were good people, and the people who…

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