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Click ‘Delete’ to Save Your Soul (nytimes.com)
12 points by petethomas 7 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments

This review is interesting if only for the fact that, after calling the book "less polished", "hokey" and "flaw(ed)" the reviewer admits that it persuaded him to delete his Facebook account. Sounds like an endorsement to me!

> Many of his criticisms of social media will feel familiar to distant observers of American politics. Twitter and Facebook have made us cruder, less empathetic, more tribal.

Have they though?

I get that stuff like Twitter's character limit inevitably brings down the "quality" of conversation since it's difficult to make a nuanced argument in so few words. But social media has also gotten a lot of people from various walks of life who'd otherwise never meet to interact and empathize with each other.

Have the negative effects of social media been greater than the positive ones? Maybe, but I still think it's unfair to blame the medium for the current state of things.

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