What we’re talking about is very young children, effectively from birth, being deliberately targeted with content which will traumatise and disturb them, via networks which are extremely vulnerable to exactly this form of abuse. It’s not about trolls, but about a kind of violence inherent in the combination of digital systems and capitalist incentives. It’s down to that level of the metal.
This, I think, is my point: The system is complicit in the abuse.
And right now, right here, YouTube and Google are complicit in that system. The architecture they have built to extract the maximum revenue from online video is being hacked by persons unknown to abuse children, perhaps not even deliberately, but at a massive scale.
Timewasting and computers really go hand in hand. As a kid I was fascinated that typing a long line of backslashes in Framework on DOS didn't word wrap, so I'd see how far I could scroll the screen sideways before I got bored.
But this fucked up "learning video" from the article is on another level entirely. The lack of dialogue suggests it's either violence aimed at babies or they're just extremely lazy:
What. The. Fuck.