First, you write and think very well for a teenager! I was very surprised to learn in this piece how young you are. Keep it up! You are a great writer.
I think if you wanted to stay in this field — cultural and economic analysis — then a traditional college degree in sociology or anthropology or philosophy could be extraordinarily beneficial.
But I also agree that college is not a great place to get job training. That’s not what it’s for, and why so many people unfamiliar with education are calling college a ‘scam’ in these comments. If you want to learn a real skill, from plumbing and carpentry to coding or project management, the quads of Princeton are not the most efficient choice!
That said, many the tech titans hiring non college graduates didn’t go to college themselves, and painfully unaware of the systemic impacts of their companies. The have no perspective, and while they do make great programmers and developers, they have proven themselves terrible stewards of our society. Their ability to think about privacy and ownership and politics is well beneath the college level.