Misinfo & Social Media Bubbles

This article 
<https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/Media/facebook-algorithm> by Filippo 
Menczer of The Fulcrum was reprinted in our local newspaper, under the 
title "How we fall for misinformation through social media bubbles."  It 
references "complex contagion," which figures prominently in Damon 
Centola's book entitled /Change: How to Make Big Things Happen/.

Menczer suggests one approach to address the problem is to "add friction 
... to slow down the process of spreading information."

That calls to mind not only Daniel Kahneman's distinction between fast 
and slow thinking 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow> but also Donald 
Norman's assertion <http://ambur.net/smart.pdf> that the greatest peril 
is that of “experiencing when one should be reflecting ... where 
entertainment takes precedence over thought.”

Among the strategies posed by Centola are:

  * Don't rely on contagiousness
  * Use the network periphery
  * Design team networks to improve discovery and reduce bias

It will be interesting to see what this group may decide to try to do 
together along those lines.

In the meantime, The Fulcrum's about statement is now available in 
StratML format at https://stratml.us/drybridge/index.htm#FLCRM Their tag 
line is "Leveraging Our Differences".

My 2.0 rewrite of the Serenity  Prayer is available on LinkedIn 


Received on Monday, 27 September 2021 17:27:36 UTC