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Any new media has this problem. I know we think of digital media as being old and well understood at this point, but that's far from the truth.

Media moves too quickly for most people to understand it. By the time you understand it, it changes again. That was true for newspapers, radio, television, digital media, and now ubiquitous computing.

As people who build these media platforms (hackers) we need to do a better job designing the technology for humans and educating people to approach it with a more sophisticated mindset.

Ex; social media has been a disaster.

Remember, it was not that long ago that everyone got their information from the same places. This is going to be a long road.




I actually think this is some not too minor part of the misinformation problem we have today. Sure some of it is willful, but simultaneously almost any common sense notion you have about how to do research these days has a big fucking asterix next to it, and may have been born of a time of different communication patterns.




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