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It was somewhere around minute 13 of watching Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez try to remove the blur of her livestream camera while streaming to nearly 300,000 people on Twitch that I got a big pit in my stomach, sat back and wondered: Is this what my future media diet will become?

To rewind, while following this week’s rapidly escalating series of news events around GameStop, Robinhood and (unrelatedly—but relatedly) investor Chamath Palihapitiya’s attempt to become governor of California, I saw AOC tweet that she would be talking to Palihapitiya on her livestream. I was interested in hearing what they would both have to say, and while I had a million other things to do, I decided it was important to tune in.

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