…problematic content. Like my earlier work on Usenet and my subsequent mapping of Twitter practices, I was astounded by the sheer ingenuity of people who were able to manipulate any well-designed feature that we implemented—see, for example, the rise of pro-ana in response to efforts to block anorexic content. In short, w…
Most people don’t have your history, Dana, which is why they reach for a technical fix to a problem which actually resides between our collective ears and millennia ago in our evolutionary past. Any technical fix can and will be gamed, so let’s not let the truth be gamed. The problem is indeed us.
let’s not let the truth be gamed
When I was working on I read almost 50 articles on Fake News so you don’t have to last year, my first version ended up on a rather despairing note, coupled with a renewed resolve to learn more about psychology (109 resources here and counting). But I concluded with something I still find worth sharing and resharing again today:
“How are you to imagine anything, if the images are always provided for you?… We must learn to read, to stimulate our own imaginations, to cultivate our own consciousness, our own belief systems. We all need these skills to defend, to preserve, our own minds”