Category:  Social Media

Social Media and the Rush to Contention

In a post by Brian Solis, "The Information Divide: The Socialization of News," he characterizes "information as it rapidly spreads through attention dashboards of connected individuals" as a "human seismograph." Interesting term, and one that may imply more than a metaphoric upheaval. Given the nature of social networks and the speed on which information traverses them, "news" moves from information to opinion almost instantaneously. This may account, along with the moral absolutism of partisans, for a decline of considerate reflection in public discourse.

One is reminded of McLuhan's concern that the global village created by modern technology has the downside of assuming the subjective intimacy of village life in the Middle Ages.

So, the real question is: Where is this fast track leading us?

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