It’s no wonder the biological children of the founding developers were depressed. Before recommendation algorithms, teenagers determined what was cool and fashionable. They crafted their identities through their clothes and the music they listened to, often deliberately alienating their parents.
But high-powered recommendation algorithms, infused with advertising dollars, changed everything. With enough corporate spending, grunge would make a comeback—until another corporation poured even more money into ads, steering recommendations toward electronica.
In hindsight, it seems obvious that teenagers would be the first to ditch cyberspace and return toward analog lifestyles.
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