Social Media inequality might become a bigger problem than wealth inequality. In a liberal society, it is easier to tax people than force them to have a certain taste and redistribute their likes and subscriptions. Yet social media inequality could become a source of immense frustration and a destabilizing factor once the world really moves online.
The idea that you get paid for doing your own thinking (which I once regarded naively to be the job description of an academic philosopher). You can think anything, as long as… Your critical thinking is appreciated, provided that… There always has to be a forbidden door. And I am the kind of thinker that kicks in that door with full force. Hence, no philosopher “job” for me.
I once went to the marketplace selling “creative ideas”: no cure no pay. How quaint!
Thoughts are timeless, money is a means to get rid of the eternal “now”.
So why does it? If you have it in abundance, it fails to give meaning in the obvious ways it does when we need it to meet our basic needs. The thought that the result of our endeavour – the amount on our bank account – is subject to inevitable inflation of meaning, is hard to bear.
So we explore other pathways: consumption of expensive goods and services, and comparison to other people’s “wealth”.
This is an impulse that doesn’t care about the consequences. Think environmental and social inequality. In other words: it corrupts.