articles tagged: social media
why is right wing social media obsessed with ukrainian biolabs?
# oddities

why is right wing social media obsessed with ukrainian biolabs?

Combine malicious propaganda with paranoid people who want to believe they know secrets they don’t, and you get a noxious mess.

how social media brought us to the edge of world war 3
# tech

how social media brought us to the edge of world war 3

With an invasion of Ukraine and thinly veiled threats of nuclear war, we’re living on the edge of World War 3 thanks to Rupert Murdoch, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

how confirmation bias became the most valuable and dangerous product in the world
# politics

how confirmation bias became the most valuable and dangerous product in the world

A massively profitable global industry got that way by showing people only what they already believe. Now we’re dealing with the fallout.

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.

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