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How dare our echo chambers give us what we want?

November 10, 2017

There’s been a lot of handwringing recently about how social networks might have influenced the outcome of the 2016 election. And don’t get me wrong: the companies involved should have to be clearer about who’s sponsoring posts and advertisements (particular when the sponsors are foreign powers). But much of the outrage strikes me as scape-goating. Facebook is not an objective news source, people; it’s a platform for people to share things. Don’t blame Facebook for not vetting whether a particular post is accurate, blame yourselves. If you want real news, subscribe to a quality publication like the New York Times or the Washington Post. You know, a news organization. If you can’t be bothered to get your news from a reputable news source, then don’t be surprised if you don’t get reputable news.

From → Musings, Politics

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