Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma is enlightening

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Tech executives, engineers, and PhDs explain how social media is driving the increasing polarization that we are seeing around the globe. People are living in their own self created and AI tailored echo chamber of curated misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda. Everyone on the right believes this is a phenomenon of the left. Those on the left believe the opposite. The truth is we are all being manipulated. Give it a watch, I found it pretty compelling and they put some effort into making it deliberately apolitical. 
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NeoConvict » 16 Sep 2020, 8:01 am » wrote: Tech executives, engineers, and PhDs explain how social media is driving the increasing polarization that we are seeing around the globe. People are living in their own self created and AI tailored echo chamber of curated misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda. Everyone on the right believes this is a phenomenon of the left. Those on the left believe the opposite. The truth is we are all being manipulated. Give it a watch, I found it pretty compelling and they put some effort into making it deliberately apolitical.

sounds cool.  I will watch it
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SJConspirator » 16 Sep 2020, 8:52 am » wrote: sounds cool.  I will watch it
Really demonstrates how everyone is living in a self curated echo chamber when using social media or search engines. Helped explain why people seem to be operating on completely different sets of facts, myself included. 
 
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NeoConvict » 16 Sep 2020, 10:12 am » wrote: Really demonstrates how everyone is living in a self curated echo chamber when using social media or search engines. Helped explain why people seem to be operating on completely different sets of facts, myself included.

whats crazy about that is facts still exist, it just is harder to find them now.  People lie with statistics, journalism is basically dead and people dont want to discover truths that contradict their already held convictions.  Im sure even I am guilty of it, seeking to have my biases confirmed.

I hate it when I feel something should be true, and its not.  I keep googling for some confirmation of what I think "feels" true.
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SJConspirator » 16 Sep 2020, 11:47 am » wrote: whats crazy about that is facts still exist, it just is harder to find them now.  People lie with statistics, journalism is basically dead and people dont want to discover truths that contradict their already held convictions.  Im sure even I am guilty of it, seeking to have my biases confirmed.

I hate it when I feel something should be true, and its not.  I keep googling for some confirmation of what I think "feels" true.
Agree. Hate it even worse when I cite something that I have heard repeated by a talking head or journalist only to have the point proven false. I try to avoid that but unbiased information is becoming hard to discern from opinions stated as fact. That and the ubiquitous use of strawmen arguments.
 
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