Opinion | A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us - The New York Times


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Opinion | A Better Social Media World Is Waiting for Us
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yesterday by jjlsetter
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it, but we can’t imagine a world without it.
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yesterday by josephaleo
Quite good read: "Opinion | A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us"
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2 days ago by tguemes
RT atmostbeautiful : 소셜미디어는 공공의 장을 망쳤다. 지금 수익모델로는 구제불능. 다음엔 무엇이 올까. 온라인은 가짜 넘치고 불신 대상이 되면서 개방 아닌 차단이 기본. 개인 데이터 보호와 믿을 만한 큐레이션, 느린 매체 선호. 알고리즘 대신 사람의 분별력, 대면 접촉과 관계 중요해질 것 http://bit.ly/380jmNJ December 03, 2019 at 08:10PM http://twitter.com/atmostbeautiful/status/1201821089518587904
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2 days ago by seoulrain
Public life has been irrevocably changed by social media; now it’s time for something else. We need to stop handing off responsibility for maintaining public space to corporations and algorithms — and give it back to human beings. We may need to slow down, but we’ve created democracies out of chaos before. We can do it again.
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2 days ago by inspiral
the "intro" to this article is so beautifully zanily insane:
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2 days ago by craigmod
Opinion | A Better Social Media World Is Waiting for Us via Instapaper https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/30/opinion/social-media-future.html
2 days ago by ravivyas
Annalee Newitz says media historians, tech designers, science fiction writers, and activists on how and why “slow media” curated by humans should replace today's social media
3 days ago by joeo10
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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3 days ago by dkiesow
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it, but we can’t imagine a world without it.
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3 days ago by travellersam
Alltså, scrolleffekten här! *mind blowing*
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3 days ago by pelles
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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3 days ago by motdiem
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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3 days ago by mauty
"And even if our algorithms become miraculously intelligent and unbiased, we won’t solve the problem of social media until we change the outdated metaphors we use to think about it.

Twitter and Facebook executives often say that their services are modeled on a “public square.” But the public square is more like 1970s network television, where one person at a time addresses the masses. On social media, the “square” is more like millions of karaoke boxes running in parallel, where groups of people are singing lyrics that none of the other boxes can hear. And many members of the “public” are actually artificial beings controlled by hidden individuals or organizations.

There isn’t a decent real-world analogue for social media, and that makes it difficult for users to understand where public information is coming from, and where their personal information is going.

It doesn’t have to be that way. As Erika Hall pointed out, we have centuries of experience designing real-life spaces where people gather safely. After the social media age is over, we’ll have the opportunity to rebuild our damaged public sphere by creating digital public places that imitate actual town halls, concert venues and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. These are places where people can socialize or debate with a large community, but they can do it anonymously. If they want to, they can just be faces in the crowd, not data streams loaded with personal information.

That’s because in real life, we have more control over who will come into our private lives, and who will learn intimate details about us. We seek out information, rather than having it jammed into our faces without context or consent. Slow, human-curated media would be a better reflection of how in-person communication works in a functioning democratic society.

But as we’ve already learned from social media, anonymous communication can degenerate quickly. What’s to stop future public spaces from becoming unregulated free-for-alls, with abuse and misinformation that are far worse than anything today?

Looking for ideas, I talked to Mikki Kendall, author of the book “Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists.” Ms. Kendall has thought a lot about how to deal with troublemakers in online communities. In 2014, she was one of several activists on Black Twitter who noticed suspiciously inflammatory tweets from people claiming to be black feminists. To help figure out who was real and who wasn’t, she and others started tweeting out the fake account names with the tag #yourslipisshowing, created by the activist Shafiqah Hudson. In essence, the curated arena of Black Twitter acted as a check on a public attack by anonymous trolls.

Ms. Kendall believes that a similar mechanism will help people figure out fakes in the future. She predicts that social media will be supplanted by immersive 3-D worlds where the opportunities for misinformation and con artistry will be immeasurable.

“We’re going to have really intricately fake people,” she said. But there will also be ways to get at the truth behind the airbrushing and cat-ear filters. It will hinge on that low-tech practice known as meeting face to face. “You’re going to see people saying, ‘I met so-and-so,’ and that becomes your street cred,” she explained.

People who aren’t willing to meet up in person, no matter how persuasive their online personas, simply won’t be trusted. She imagines a version of what happened with #yourslipisshowing, where people who share virtual spaces will alert one another to possible fakes. If avatars are claiming to be part of a group, but nobody in that group has met them, it would be an instant warning sign.

The legacy of social media will be a world thirsty for new kinds of public experiences. To rebuild the public sphere, we’ll need to use what we’ve learned from billion-dollar social experiments like Facebook, and marginalized communities like Black Twitter. We’ll have to carve out genuinely private spaces too, curated by people we know and trust. Perhaps the one part of Facebook we’ll want to hold on to in this future will be the indispensable phrase in its drop-down menu to describe relationships: “It’s complicated.”

Public life has been irrevocably changed by social media; now it’s time for something else. We need to stop handing off responsibility for maintaining public space to corporations and algorithms — and give it back to human beings. We may need to slow down, but we’ve created democracies out of chaos before. We can do it again."
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3 days ago by robertogreco
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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3 days ago by derekbrown
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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3 days ago by poritsky
RT : It's a good day to think about the future.
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Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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3 days ago by kerim
Annalee Newitz: A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us : 'A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us:…
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3 days ago by theory
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4 days ago by stephenfrancoeur
♛ Double fun: delightfully unexpected zoom-in interface frames interview with Erika Hall, John Scalzi et al slash thought-piece about the web after social media. “A Better Social Media World Is Waiting for Us” by Annalee Newitz.
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4 days ago by zeldman
Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it,…
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