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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Replying to @mutex7 @ggreenwald
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.

Oct 11, 2021 · 4:36 PM UTC

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“If I am arguing for things that NPCs already agree with, I can provide them with larger dialog trees, which in turn makes it more interesting for all of us. My rewards for providing additional dialog branches are getting more and more NPCs…” — @DrSammyD link.medium.com/G4PhQZuZgkb
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This is true and has been true for many years. People like to think of media execs as these evil villains who wake up every day plotting to destroy society when they just go to work and create narratives that they think will bring the most money in. Tv shoes have been about it
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They have to answer to their shareholders and their shareholders are also shareholders of the MIC, so their interests are not purely financial, they fall in line with plutocratic rule bc that's what the $ dictates. The game is divide and conquer. Always has been & will be.