The Guardian had an interesting read today (as they often have):
It will take you 15min to read, but I think it is worth your time. It raises a lot of interesting issues about US society, the role of Facebook/Instagram. Sadly it only paints the picture of the problem, without offering solutions. Which i can relate to, the solutions to this are rather hard to come by. How do we protect people, uneducated, uninformed, from being seduced by social media? Thatâ€™s not a trivial charter.
And, just to clarify, this applies to EU societies as well. Itâ€™s not like we are above that. We have luckily not a mainstream party that is as evil as the republicans in the US, but we have similar driving forces in most EU countries, and in Switzerland. Ok, we donâ€™t have a Donald Trump Jr. – he is unique in his abilities and sentiments.
I see only 2 real options that would effectively prevent this kind of avalanche:
– Make social media a publisher. Make them reliable, responsible for what they are publishing. I think this is actually what needs to happen. Hiding behind the â€œitâ€™s not us, we are just giving them a voiceâ€ is a bullshit argument. There is no reason, no law, no right, to give Nazis a voice that can reach billions. Yes, they have a right to publish, but they donâ€™t have a right to have a world wide audience.
– Take the internet away from the population. Obviously societies with low levels of education, like the US, canâ€™t be trusted with this.
Itâ€™s pretty easy, in my view, which of the 2 is the better option.