Slate’s If Then on Snapchat’s teen backlash, John Perry Barlow’s legacy, and our tech-induced “distraction crisis.”

The Inventor of the Facebook Like Button Says We’re in a “Distraction Crisis”

The Inventor of the Facebook Like Button Says We’re in a “Distraction Crisis”

Decoding the Logic of Silicon Valley
Feb. 14 2018 3:55 PM

Like Is Too Simple an Emotion

The inventor of Facebook’s iconic button reflects on technology’s unintended consequences.

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On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus lament the anticlimactic end to Waymo and Uber’s court drama, explain why teens are pissed at Snapchat, and examine John Perry Barlow’s contributions to the internet we know today. The hosts are joined by Justin Rosenstein, co-founder of Asana and the former Facebooker behind the like button, to talk about the distraction crisis and whether Silicon Valley can solve a problem it created.

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If Then is presented by Slate and Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.