Phony World

What do these services have in common?

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • SnapChat
  • ChatGPT, Bard, and other artificial intelligence services
  • Metaverse
  • TikTok
  • News outlets of all types.

They are each designed to attract and channel eyeballs in support of advertising and propaganda. They attract and channel eyeballs by appealing to sensationalism and by reinforcing biases. They ban participants and subjects their managements’ don’t approve of. They enable user and publisher information silos that keep alternative content hidden.

Given millions of users stuck in silos across all these and similar services, our communities become polarized into dogmatic tribes without tolerance for debate or mutual respect.

We have allowed technology to enable phony world. You escape phony world by debating with people eyeball to eyeball and by researching the reality of issues using multiple sources. Form your views based on information, not the opinions of others. Think for yourself.

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