Linked – Actually, the internet’s always been this bad
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Linked – Actually, the internet’s always been this bad

The study authors pointed out that they only researched text-based platforms. Video platforms may be worse in terms of toxicity. However, that hasn’t been my experience; they seem pretty similar to me, but that’s just anecdotal. They also pointed out that current-day social networks are much larger. Many more people see the toxicity on Facebook than people who saw a Usenet post in the 90s. That also means there is more total toxicity. It might only be 7-10% of the content, but the content generated by 500 million users dwarfs the content generated by 10,000 users. So there’s more of it; we are more aware of it, but the percentage hasn’t changed much.

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 3, 2023

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 3, 2023

With Social Media Companies Distancing Themselves from News, It’s Time For You to Learn About RSS
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With Social Media Companies Distancing Themselves from News, It’s Time For You to Learn About RSS

In the interest of helping.

Check out this post with a tutorial on using Feedly. Or some of these other posts about RSS Readers.

Check out a newsletter service like Substack. – here’s my newsletter as an example.

Check out a Fediverse-based social network like Mastodon. No big companies, no data tracking for ad tech, just people and a small, but growing, number of journalists, sharing stuff. (Here’s my Mastodon profile, feel free to create an account and follow me.)

It Feels Like Facebook Punted on Pages

It Feels Like Facebook Punted on Pages

So, when I saw that Facebook was going to start letting people create multiple profiles and that it was really targeted toward people with different interests, or small business owners and freelancers who wanted a Facebook presence for their work apart from their personal profile, I immediately thought, isn’t that what Pages were for? Isn’t that exactly what Pages were promoted as being, a place for the “brand” apart from your personal profile? And isn’t this just a tacit acknowledgment that, outside of huge corporate brands, Facebook broke Pages for everyone else?

Reviews Elsewhere – Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity

Reviews Elsewhere – Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity

There are a handful of cultural issues that I don’t think are overblown by media attention. This is one of them. It is simply impossible not to be exposed to misinformation in 2023. We all need better critical thinking skills.

Linked – Social Media Is Dying
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Linked – Social Media Is Dying

While I would love to end this with a condemnation of venture capitalists and hedge fund managers, I think it’s important to point out that many of us are complicit. Fund managers seeking the best short-term profits for their investments run funds whose shareholders include most of us. When we log in and look at our IRA or 401(k) accounts, we look for how much the value has increased, not what makes the most sense for society. Our account balance looks a little nicer when a company lays off 10,000 employees and the stock price increases.

It’s all entwined. To paraphrase Michael Corleone – “We’re all part of the same hypocrisy.”