articles tagged: social media
the coronavirus paradox: too much news, too little useful data
# health

the coronavirus paradox: too much news, too little useful data

Despite having more news than ever before, people looking for information about COVID-19 are drowning in a tsunami of rumors, propaganda, misinformation, and scams.

what you don’t understand about anti-intellectualism can literally kill you
# science

what you don’t understand about anti-intellectualism can literally kill you

We often think anti-intellectualism and ignorance are the same thing. They're not. Anti-intellectualism is a lot eviler and more corrosive, and a lot more dangerous.

is the future of social media decentralized and peer to peer?
# tech

is the future of social media decentralized and peer to peer?

Coders and those fed up with major social media platforms are trying to create peer to peer alternatives to Twitter and Facebook. But can they really succeed in swaying users?

why weird things is leaving facebook, and you should too
# tech

why weird things is leaving facebook, and you should too

From abusing your data, to refusing to deal with dangerous hoaxes and fake news, to undermining brands and limiting their reach, Facebook is the worst of social media.

how flat ui helped fake news thrive on social media
# tech

how flat ui helped fake news thrive on social media

Modern design and social media leveled the playing field for news outlets. But in doing so, they helped lies and hoaxes thrive alongside reputable sources.

no one’s going to read this, and that’s ok
# oddities

no one’s going to read this, and that’s ok

With everything we do quantified by social media likes, impressions, and shares, we need to remember the reason and purpose for creating something for the sake of creation.

how social media ruined expertise and how to get it back
# tech

how social media ruined expertise and how to get it back

Thanks to social media, everybody can be a pundit today, and that’s ruining how we build a factual understanding of our world and what’s happening in it.

social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news
# politics

social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news

The good news is that foreign disinformation trolls aren't changing people's minds. The bad news is that, as it turns out, they don't have to…

fighting for their right to start flame wars
# tech

fighting for their right to start flame wars

Jordan Peterson is trying to create a safe space for his fans online. He is far from the first right wing celebrity who tried to do just that with results that can only be described as underwhelming.

it takes evil to defeat evil: why researchers built a fake news generator
# tech

it takes evil to defeat evil: why researchers built a fake news generator

A new artificial intelligence system called GROVER can create extremely plausible fake news stories. Why would anyone build something like this? Why, to fight fake news of course!

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