Category: Social Media

Even Space Isn’t Safe from Fake News

There is a photo making the social media rounds that shows an image purported to be the final photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere, as part of its end-of-life self-destruct choreography after a 13-year mission. This image depicts a breathtaking view of the Saturn cloudscape backdropped by the planet’s …

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Is Facebook adding to the Divisiveness?

According to BuzzFeed News, yes. Facebook’s design and algorithm acts as a feedback loop: the more something is engaged, the more exposure it gets. Plus, human nature seems to incline toward rumors, gossips, falsehoods and misinformation. Although BuzzFeed’s report shows that the right-wing pages are disseminating more misleading and untrue stories, I have personally seen my …

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Opinions are Privileged

Did anyone have opinions prior to the Internet? The Internet, among many things, has seemingly given everyone an outlet to voice their opinions. (Twitter is a cacophonous tunnel, one that requires admission. No it’s not free.) This is a funny read. And a good example. Of course, if you believe in free speech, then all opinions–both …

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The New Guardians of Free Speech

Marvin Ammori of the Harvard Law Review writes about social media being the new stewards of the freedom of expression. I think Twitter, more than Facebook and Google, really has been the advocate for free speech. Certainly each company has corporate overlords (i.e. investors) to answer to. Yet, Twitter as a medium is built for …

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