articles tagged: social media
why do we believe what we believe in the age of disinformation?
# education

why do we believe what we believe in the age of disinformation?

Debunking scams and disinformation has become exponentially harder. We need to dig deep into why people believe what they do, and how social media exploits their fear and anger.

world of weird things podcast: why influencers are suddenly selling crypto
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: why influencers are suddenly selling crypto

Is your favorite influencer suddenly interested in cryptocurrency and really wants you to buy some? Don’t do it. It’s almost certainly a scam.

what is the metaverse and why you’re going to hate it
# tech

what is the metaverse and why you’re going to hate it

Social media platforms want to take a note from dystopian science fiction and lock you into a virtual world for growth and profit.

how do you solve a problem like facebook?
# tech

how do you solve a problem like facebook?

Facebook is now the poster child for all of Big Tech’s evils, and deservedly so. The big question is what comes next.

how social media is radicalizing wellness gurus and your parents
# tech

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
# podcast

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?
# science

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
# tech

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
# tech

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
# 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.

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