I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong

Matt Haig, The Guardian, Sept 06, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article conflates the social harm caused by social media ("the same tool that united us to topple dictators eventually tore us apart") with the personal harm caused by social media ("inspiring feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and self-loathing"). Maybe internet addition and filter bubbles have the same underlying pathology, but aside from both being associated with social media I don't see the connection. That weakens this article, because it's not enough to say that social media is bad in all kinds of ways; we need to be able to say why it is bad, in which way, so we can fix it. Because as bad as it is, social media fills a need. We use it to talk to each other. It's easy to say that this talk should be regulated, or attached to identities, or curated, but the way in which these are managed also counts.

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