Image credit: Getty Images/Hero ImagesThat social media is not entirely good for us shouldn’t come as a great shock, but the received wisdom as to why may not tell the full story. What if the main problem with social media is not with data theft, fake news, trolling, or election interference, but a far more fundamental problem that can’t be fixed with software … [Read more...] about Have our brains just not evolved for social media?
Why social media is bad for society
Programming note: The Interface will be off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving travels. Thanks to everyone who has joined me for this first year, and shared the newsletter with your friends — lots of exciting things are coming. Stay tuned. Thanksgiving is nearly upon us in the United States, and Americans will sit down to dinner feeling less certain than ever about … [Read more...] about A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world
It was an awful weekend of hate-fueled violence, ugly rhetoric, and worrisome retreats from our democratic ideals. Today I’m focused on two ways of framing what we’re seeing, from the United States to Brazil. While neither offers any comfort, they do give helpful names to phenomena I expect will be with us for a long while. The first is stochastic terrorism: … [Read more...] about Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world
After the 2016 US presidential election, social media came under scrutiny like never before, and what’s since come to light hasn’t been pretty: widespread consensus that foreign government-backed groups used platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to spread discord and division among the American public. In their new book, P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking … [Read more...] about A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield
The swirling maelstrom of fake news and absurd conspiracy theories that’s surrounded the ongoing Infowars mess has perplexed today’s leading social media platforms like no other, and major companies like Twitter are still struggling to formulate a game plan for handling these situations in the future. Despite their best efforts at salvaging the reputation of their … [Read more...] about Social media is the source of the Infowars problem, not the solution