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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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