articles tagged: social media
how social media is radicalizing wellness gurus and your parents
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how social media is radicalizing wellness gurus and your parents

Once associated with lefty politics, hipsters, and hippies, wellness influencers and their audiences are taking a sudden right wing turn, and social media may be to blame.

world of weird things podcast: further down the rabbit hole with marc-andre argentino
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world of weird things podcast: further down the rabbit hole with marc-andre argentino

Wondering why your relatives are sharing QAnon memes and how a fringe conspiracy theory became a global religion for the far right? Us too. That’s why we talked to an expert.

are texting and social media really making us lonely and depressed?
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are texting and social media really making us lonely and depressed?

Plenty of pundits have quipped that social media and constant texting made us lonelier, more bitter, and less empathetic. A set of new studies says they may actually have a point.

today’s social media is literally killing us
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today’s social media is literally killing us

Rather than connecting the world and fostering meaningful dialogue, social media is encouraging conspiracies, scams, dangerous hoaxes, and even genocide.

why social media is a cesspool, and how regulation could make it worse
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why social media is a cesspool, and how regulation could make it worse

Social media is changing the world for the worse, which has some people wondering if it’s time to start regulating it. But regulation could be a much worse cure than the disease.

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

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