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Josh Elman @joshelman
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I know there is a lot of consternation about privacy and election meddling around social media. I believe those two things are easy to feel good arguing about. And easy for Facebook et al to apologize for and say “we’ll do better”.
But the real issues are how much the filter bubble and the “show off” culture have tilted how people think of themselves and each other. These are underlying all of the other crises and issues.
The filter bubble makes it way too easy to keep listening to the things that we agree with and ignore and discredit those we don’t. And escalate this further and further.
It is like the boiling frog... it has become normalized to make more and more audacious claims (false, insulting, abhorrent) and get a ton of support and enthusiasm from your filter. And then have the other side react more and more virulently. Escalating both sides
Look at what has happened just this week with “celebrities” who have crossed some threshold we never even thought possible a few years ago. Next time we might not even notice those awful words.
Social media has allowed us to tune into what we want to hear so deeply that many people can’t even tolerate the rest anymore and just resort to screaming. We have to fix this.
One feature could be a “see X through this person’s eyes” that at least helps you with Two taps see a different view of the world. Another would just be to force a mix of content into people in “things you may have missed”. But it isn’t clear how to de-escalate both sides are
Even more than the filter bubble, I think the worst thing happening right now is the phenomenon where everyone thinks their friends’ lives are better than theirs.
People curate what they share to show off the best of their lives. And they look at social media when they are bored (not the best moment) and feel an even bigger gap. The FOMO is pernicious. Instagram makes it all visually real - a pic is 1000 words
If you are a teenager today, it is hard to feel adequate. Depression is at an all time high. This is a massive issue. The impact to be had on this generation is still to be seen.
We need to start talking about depression, civil discourse, hearing all sides of an issue, being patient. We need to call out the screamers on both sides, not just the ones we disagree with. And we should ask “Can we all get along and help each other?” a whole lot more
I was at a recent lunch with some amazing people discussing important topics. I raised this similar question around depression and civility, and immediately the topic turned to privacy and Cambridge analytica. This is the headfake. We have to stop doing that.
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