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My colleague Adrienne LaFrance has named the fundamental assumption, and danger, of social media megascale: “not just a very large user base, but a tremendous one, unprecedented in size.” Technology platforms such as Facebook assume that they deserve a user base measured in the billions of people—and then excuse their misdeeds by noting that effectively controlling such an unthinkably large population is impossible. But technology users, including Donald Trump and your neighbors, also assume that they can and should taste the spoils of megascale. The more posts, the more followers, the more likes, the more reach, the better. This is how bad information spreads, degrading engagement into calamity the more attention it accrues.
This isn’t a side effect of social media’s misuse, but the expected outcome of its use. As the media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan puts it, the problem with Facebook is Facebook.
An investigative journalist exposes the many holes in today’s bestselling behavioral science, and argues that the trendy, TED-Talk-friendly psychological interventions that are so in vogue at the moment will never be enough to truly address social injustice and inequality.
With their viral TED talks, bestselling books, and counter-intuitive remedies for complicated problems, psychologists and other social scientists have become the reigning thinkers of our time. Grit and “power posing” promised to help overcome entrenched inequalities in schools and the workplace; the Army spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a positive psychology intervention geared at preventing PTSD in its combat soldiers; and the implicit association test swept the nation on the strength of the claim that it can reveal unconscious biases and reduce racism in police departments and human resources departments.
But what if much of the science underlying these blockbuster ideas is dubious or fallacious? What if Americans’ longstanding preference for simplistic self-help platitudes is exerting a pernicious influence on the way behavioral science is communicated and even funded, leading respected academics and the media astray?
In The Quick Fix, Jesse Singal examines the most influential ideas of recent decades and the shaky science that supports them. He begins with the California legislator who introduced self-esteem into classrooms around the country in the 1980s and the Princeton political scientist who warned of an epidemic of youthful “superpredators” in the 1990s. In both cases, a much-touted idea had little basis in reality, but had a massive impact. Turning toward the explosive popularity of 21st-century social psychology, Singal examines the misleading appeal of entertaining lab results and critiques the idea that subtle unconscious cues shape our behavior. As he shows, today’s popular behavioral science emphasizes repairing, improving, and optimizing individuals rather than truly understanding and confronting the larger structural forces that drive social ills.
Like Anand Giridharadas’s Winners Take All, The Quick Fix is a fresh and powerful indictment of the thought leaders and influencers who cut corners as they sell the public half-baked solutions to problems that deserve more serious treatment.
Ceux d'entre vous qui suivent ce blog connaissent mon intérêt pour les problématiques liées aux monopoles de haute technologie (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.). Ma fascination pour Monopolized vient du fait que j'ai compris que mon combat se dirigeait contre une simple conséquence anecdotique d'un paradigme beaucoup plus large : la monopolisation.
D'ailleurs, entre nous, pourquoi êtes-vous si nombreux à avoir l'intuition que "la financiarisation" de l'économie est une mauvaise chose alors qu'en soit, la finance voire même le trading ne sont que des échanges économiques entre adultes consentants ? À cause de la monopolisation de cette finance.
Wow La dernière mise à jour de @bookvillageapp ! c'est que du bonheur pour les villageois de la plate-forme !
C'est quoi Book Village ?
En une phrase ?
Le Vinted du Livre neuf ou d'occasion à ne surtout pas manquer !
Nice guide on how to get out of Google Photos !
I didn't need this to move to Nextcloud but thus guide takes you on every details you need to know to get this done nicely!
Que s'est il passé à Sarajevo ?
Because of the way birdsite algorithm works, no matter how many accounts you have, no matter how you configure them, who you follow, what topic you follow, what hashtags you search and your geolocation : western media content is always going to occupy the same place on your feed, also valid for Facebook, YouTube or Google News, the "news" is vastly dominated by western News content, the US election is a good example since it occupy all the feeds, all the streams everywhere, until its done but then another news bit predominatly western will take its place, its crazy if you compare it with RSS and vast collection of sources that at least covers different countries, continents, you can see that what's news in Spain or in Mali isn't considered newsworthy by big tech platforms and if you take Asia, Russia, Africa, South America for something in these places to reach the western News mainstream, it takes a lot of will and is certainly an ongoing massacre, wars, or something out of the ordinary, most of the time what's becomes Newsworthy in different mainstream western properties is not even 0.1% of what's actually enfolding in these vast areas.
It may well be an empirical impression, bias from my side but I have tried to compare and I can only reach this conclusion : western big tech + media conglomerate not only have a skewed vision of what is newsworthy abroad but they also behave like monopolies, they don't represent the global mainstream, they can't, whatever ends up in their radar is a combination of trends, machine learning and actual news, let's say an election, but these platforms are not designed to represent what's happening in any given geolocation according to objective and measurable newsworthy items.
Even the ones pretending to be Global News organization do not cover the entirety of the news spectrum from a native perspective for a global audience, it's too often, a western perspective on whatever is happening somewhere else.
I think News Media is broken, beyond repair.