Social Media is Turning Us Into Thoughtless Political Extremists
]R. Montenegro (Jul 2015)
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]R. Montenegro, “Social Media is Turning Us Into Thoughtless Political Extremists,” Big Think, 13-Jul-2015. [Online]. Available: http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/social-media-is-turning-us-into-thoughtless-political-extremists. [Accessed: 15-Apr-2017].
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This is an article on the website 'big think', a knowledge forum.
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Robert Montenegro is a writer and dramaturg who regularly contributes to Big Think and Crooked Scoreboard. He lives in Washington DC and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
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The author is unlikely to be an expert. This is an opinion piece.
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The article discusses some reasons for why social media is bad for us;
- The echo chamber. People tend to follow or preferentially read about, or content from, people who think similar to them, or are philosophically 180 degrees different form them. Facebook is effectively self-structured propaganda. Rhetoric tends to push people away from the middle, and toward the extremes.
- Tactics and tone. People act differently online because we see people online as characters rather than real human beings. It is easy to shun or block people that you don't agree with, rather than trying to find common ground.
- Memes are the lowest form of political discourse.
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