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“As social media platforms grow stronger they grow weaker too. This will eventually open the way for a meaningful alternative to Facebook. Despite waves of privacy concerns, Facebook has a powerful grip on us all. The ubiquity of the platform and the time invested in building connections deters people from leaving and in turn deters would-be rivals from building alternative platforms. Facebook benefits from the asymmetry of being a media company that does not produce...

With revenues topping $100 billion a year, the video game industry is poised to be this century’s dominant form of entertainment. As games become more addictive and expensive to play, how will they transform our social relationships as well as our leisure time?