‘Our Minds Can Be Hijacked’: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia

After having epiphanies about the downsides of persuasive design, several young creators of addictive smartphone technology abandon their posts at Google, Twitter, and Facebook to try to become part of the solution.

Author: Paul Lewis
Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 6, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

UK Riots: Paul Lewis’s Five-Day Journey

Minutes later I came across a group of teenagers huddled by Edmonton Working Men’s Conservative Club. Most of them were girls, and in a state of panic. I saw they were holding a topless boy, who looked about 17. “He’s been stabbed,” one said. As soon as he was in the ambulance, his friends fled, telling police they did not want to talk to “Feds” (slang for the police). One screamed: “We hate you.” Another shouted: “You’re the reason this is happening.”

Author: Paul Lewis
Source: Guardian
Published: Aug 12, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2,509 words)