On October 29, 2018, Jaron Lanier visited UC Santa Cruz and explored how the internet as it exists today might destroy our world. In developed countries, its arrival has corresponded to bizarre political dysfunction, while in the developing world, ethnic rivalries that had been waning have been re-ignited in the most grotesque fashion. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The internet was supposed to empower people and enrich culture and democracy. What went wrong was based on a simplistic, nerdy philosophy. The solution can be discerned, and it involves creating and strengthening societal structures that are in between giant tech platforms and individuals.
Jonathan Haidt and Chris Bail discuss Social Media and Political Polarization
Renowned social psychologist Jonathan Haidt interviews Duke Professor Chris Bail about his new book “Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make our Platforms Less Polarizing” at a virtual event organized by The Strand bookstore. Link to Bail’s book:
Jonathan Haidt Explains How Social Media Drives Polarization | Amanpour and Company
In a time of heightened political tension, Jonathan Haidt has a good idea of what’s driving this polarized atmosphere around the world. He is a social psychologist who believes social media has transformed in recent years to become an “outrage machine,” spreading anger and toxicity. He sits down with Hari to discuss this difficult problem and what the possible solutions could be.