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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I have no doubt that Instagram exacerbates body image and other insecurity issues in teenagers. But how does that compare to the *decades* of multi-pronged messaging from the fashion industry, Hollywood, the music industry, the Kardashians, etc. which have bombarded teenagers?

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Like Trump, Facebook is primarily a *reflection* of American pathologies, not the prime author. That's not to say it doesn't make it worse -- I have no doubt it does -- but all of these scapegoats are far more a symptom of cultural and political diseases rather than the cause.
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Does it have to be an either or?
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this is true relevant to all tech, no? it exaggerates human impulses. convenience, pleasure, exploitation, insecurities, paranoia. and as you know all too well, the inclination to defend an argument once you've made it, even when it's bad.
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The point of the red herring is that through these centralized choke points the government can now finally coerce companies to achieve the unconstitutional censorship they always wanted. @start9labs #Bitcoin and decentralized censorship resistance is your only hope. -Princess Lea
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Facebook & Instagram target the individual. In the days of radio, print, television, and movies, you were pathological to think that the ads were speaking directly _to you_ as an individual. Now, it's dangerous to think that they're not.
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Greenwald is 100% disingenuous here. Social Media & it's hyper-personalized & hyper-amplified algorythmic connectivity has ACCELERATED any 'messaging' that traditional media HAD by a factor of X and overtaken any trad. media as the de facto, default source of info.
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He is simply saying that social media is not the cause of these issues as much as it is fuel in an already burning fire.
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You could argue it's potentially worse because the social media apps have algorithms that target users on an individual level. Easier to avoid and dismiss toxic mass advertising over ones that target you based on what you obsessively look at online.
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