Let me be clear: I am well aware of the problematic aspects of Facebook’ s impact; I am particularly worried about the ease with which we sort ourselves into tribes, in part because of the filter bubble effect noted above (that’s one of the reasons Why Twitter Must Be Saved). But the solution is not the reimposition of gatekeepers done in by the Internet; whatever fixes this problem must spring from the power of the Internet, and the fact that each of us, if we choose, has access to more information and sources of truth than ever before, and more ways to reach out and understand and persuade those with whom we disagree. Yes, that is more work than demanding Zuckerberg change what people see, but giving up liberty for laziness never works out well in the end.
Absolutely, 100% spot-on.
Its taken me a long time to finally realize that people aren’t like me. They don’t have the desire to seek out the truth. To consume media they disagree with. To ask questions of people you disagree with and openly consider their opinions and explore the reasoning behind why they think the way they do.
I guess over the past eight years, I’ve discovered that isn’t true. Now, I’m not sure what the solution to the misinformation is.
I don’t think just providing access to the truth is enough. I think facebook was already doing that, from what I could tell. Where next to each fake story, was other real stories. Some segments of the population (Regardless of political affiliation), have decided that some sources are “Bad” and nothing they say can be trusted even if its water being wet, or gravity pulling bodies of mass towards each other. I don’t know how to over come that level of polarization.