Staring at that red dial while your Netflix feed refreshes, do you get a kind of queasy feeling? As Spotify floods your audioscape all the waking day, does that algorithmic vapor make you wheeze? Thrilled to access illegal video documents of the 2012 Egyptian uprising at https://858.ma, do you imagine the route they traveled, via satellites, undersea cables, and data hubs, to reach you? Immersed in a Minecraft livestream with your new besties in Seoul and Johannesburg, do spectral fingers tickle the nape of your neck?

Those moments of unease are the reckonings of a fact nobody wants to think about: streaming media has...

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