Exactly. Pretending that Facebook is the root of American political pathologies is the new "Blame Russia": just an obvious scapegoat to distract attention from the rotted institutions of power, beginning with US media corporations, that are doing the real damage.
Cable news creates more polarization than Facebook. The prestige media set the agenda more than Facebook. Hollywood, fashion and advertising create more body image issues than Facebook. It’s just that Facebook makes more money.
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You're ignoring the fact that the *reason* they create division is because division is how things go viral on Facbeook. The two problems are inextricably linked. hwfo.substack.com/p/the-soci…

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The meritocracy, and its puppet corporate media, aren't troubled by the public being divided. They just want to be the ones controlling the nature and degree of the division. A little division is a helpful diversion but too much is counterproductive.
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I think you ascribe them too much intent. I think they do it because that's what makes them the most money, and if they weren't doing it they'd lose market share to someone else who was doing it. It's the Game Theory of Freakoutery. They literally can't stop.
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