I am truly concerned that social media is further eroding democracy and people perceptions of “reality”.
There are examples on both the “left” and the “right”.
The Russian manipulation of the US election is a perfect example from the right.
Social media gives the impression that it’s a bunch of individuals freely expressing their opinions, but we’ve clearly scene many cases of organized manipulation.
On the left, when feminists, LGBT or other group want preach and give the impression that their opinion is the only one, they close off comments.
At the top, we have 5 or 6 billionaire controlling 70% of all written and broadcasted media.
I see it even with the Georgia Straight Confession when they filter more right wing comments and posts to give the impression we live in a purely left wing world.
I watch the manipulation of the media by both sides and I want to puke, because I think a lot of people have no clue how badly they are being manipulated.
I also see people getting more scared to talk to one another in person or expressing their opinions publically due to the Internet lynch mobs or poker bullying groups getting some one fired (feminist, nra, LGBT, minorities, big business, etc.) are all guilty of it.
I feel we need to get back to people talking to one another directly in coffee shops, homes and community group rather then staring at their phones.
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