Starts with the right idea but then focuses on extremist posts on FB rather than that FB is the largest frictionless propaganda platform in world history. Hint: its not just extremists or just right wing propagandists. The sole purpose of the platform is propaganda. New comments from a former Facebook employee has once again raised questions about its approach, and the consequences of such on society. Source: Is Facebook Bad for Society? New Insights on the Company’s Approach Raise Important…
Narcissistic people are more active in politics and they like to “broadcast their politics”. Can you spot such people on social media?
Once upon a time, media was about sharing items.
At some point, it was possible to have discussions about points of disagreement. To engage in two-way interaction – to exchange information and learning.
Now, social media seems mostly about strongly worded assertions followed by shouting. Dissent is forbidden – and will get you canceled.
If you do not 100% agree with my assertions then you are a Nazi and must be canceled!
That in a nutshell, is today’s social media.
An actual assault by right wing political supporters on the campaign manager of a Democratic Party rival was misreported as an assault on a senior citizen, probably to increase the emotional appeal of the message.
We all have social media “friends” who spend nearly all of their online time promoting their politics, usually from the stand point of anger and outrage. Their lives appear consumed by anger and outrage to the point that the only thing they have to talk about is how awful politician X is, or political party Y is, or about how we must all support protest Z (and if we don’t agree, then we are Nazis or Marxists).
Do we want to hang out with people who are perpetually angry and outraged? Should we say something to them about how they come across online?
Facebook acknowledges that it is a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda. The popular chat platform will follow in sister company WhatsApp’s footsteps by limiting users to only five forwards at a time, Facebook said in a blog post, which it hopes will keep people from spreading potential misinformation to many friends at once. “Limiting forwarding is an effective way to slow the spread of viral misinformation and harmful content that has the potential to cause real world harm,”…
To the perpetually outraged, using a period at the end of a statement is now considered a form of aggression “.”
Social media has gone wild over a photo showing stacks of USPS mail boxes, as proof that the USPS is removing mailboxes to damage mail in votes this fall. Except the photo was taken at a company that takes in and repairs/refurbishes older USPS mailboxes for re-installation and use.
Not surprisingly, a lot of misinformation – not just health information – is spread via social media. Social media is a frictionless platform the sharing and spread of propaganda messaging, much of which is not true. How to fix it? Doubt we can fix the “supply” side – we need to address the consumers – and get them to be skeptical of information received on social media.
Twitter was hacked and taken over by a 17 year old.