- Apr 14, 2017
- I am a(n)...
I keep telling people to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix when this stuff pops up. There is incredibly extreme information out there and big tech employees answer why that is happening in this documentary. People are less apt to argue, spew hate, and call people idiots once they realize we are all being manipulated for SM advertising dollars. We are all being fed what keeps us on our screens the longest and they don't filter for truth. They don't care. Artificial intelligence knows your race, politics, religion, sexual preference, causes, what triggers you, your relationships, etc and is programmed to keep you on your screen for as long as it can. Everything you watch, read, or respond to on your screen is being timed. One person is fed "Climate Change is a Hoax" while another is being fed "The World Will Burn in Twelve Years if We Don't Go Green Now." One is being told "Kids are Locked Up in Cages" while the other is being told "Kids are Being Taken Over the Border for Trafficking" and people are calling each other idiots and arguing while SM rakes in billions in advertising money. Watch it, it will open your eyes to all this anxiety and divide that has happened in the past 10 years. The sad part, those of us that can remember life pre-SM will understand the impact it has made on our mental health and relationships, but kids now will have nothing to compare it to.
FB is a cesspool. I stopped about five years ago and haven’t looked back.
I feel like you can’t blame SM for all of this rabid hate though. The common denominator is stupid people (on both sides) who take the bait and believe even the most ridiculous claims to fit their worldview. SM can put all kinds of crap out there but people don’t have to believe it at face value. Yet they do, and that’s a problem. Because critical thinking in this country is a lost art. I’m a lib, but if I read that Trump kicked a puppy on his way out of office, I’d be smart enough to think, “Yeah that’s fake.” It’d bring a small amount of comfort to me to believe it and know that I was “right all along” about him, but not at the cost of deluding myself.
Unfortunately it seems like not enough people practice this discipline.