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Social Media

How the majority's opinions are created by the media

Richard David Precht, Harald Welzer: Die vierte Gewalt. Wie Mehrechtmeinung gemacht wird – auch wenn sie keine ist

PUBLICITY: Precht and Welzer want more "well-intentioned dispute" about views – not social media's definition, personorientering and arousal production. Their book has been met with everything from total rejection and hesitant acceptance to detailed criticism.

Hannah Arendt and the totalitarian

Social media: While the public is a place where free individuals have the right, and perhaps also the duty, to participate in a free exchange of opinions, the social is more about herd and control. Are we now faced with a social control that does not invite disagreement and diversity, but only obedience or exclusion? The rise of the social can threaten both freedom and individuality. MODERN TIMES prints here an extract from Einar Øverenget's new book, Intoleransens intog.

The heyday of information capitalism

Joseph Vogel: Capitalism and resentment

INTERNET: In 2017, two-thirds of Americans received large portions of their daily news dose via social media. The coincidence of financial capitalism and information technologies creates, according to Joseph Vogl, "resentment-driven echo chambers."

These giga platforms

Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang: An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination

FACEBOOK: Where is the limit of social media's use of free speech if these deliberately ignore systematic and global abuses in the form of hate speech and undemocratic methods such as fake news and hate speech?

South America's upcoming technology showdown

DIGITALIZATION: The authorities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico are now investing in start-ups, incubators and training programs. But at the same time, Colombia can confiscate protesters' phones; in Ecuador, the authorities block the same access to servers; and in Nicaragua and Venezuela, governments have routinely restricted access to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The United States and China are on aggressive courtship trips to countries throughout the region.

Together for life

Edward Ashford Lee: The Coevolution: The Entwined Futures of Humans and Machines

SYMBIOSIS: We must think differently about both man and the computer. Their being is more entangled than we think, and both change and adapt to the other.

What happened to the children's right to privacy?

Leah Plunkett: Sharenthood

"SHARE THINGS":: Parents generously share photos and information about their children on social media without considering the long-term consequences, and without the children's consent.

When viruses go viral

INFODEMIC: A study of the coronavirus, conspiracy theories and fake news in the disinformation ecosystem.

The art of offering (enough) to himself

Pia Hellenthal: Searching Eve

CULTURE OF OPENNESS: Eva is a model, blogger, author, musician and sex worker, not sure in what order, and appears as a kind of living art project.

The age of the platforms

Geert Lovink: Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism

MEDIA: Author Geert Lovink analyzes contemporary use of social media and looks towards a possible end to «platform nihilism».

On the way into the 2020's

NEWSPAPER EDITOR: The conversation with Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

Dingseveldet – the dupe dites in the online stores

Joss Hands: The Gadget Consciousness. Collective Thought, Will and Action in the Age of Social Media

MULTIPLICITY: Can a thing materialism rebuild a collective social thought?