Facebook Misinformation: A People Problem Not Solvable By Technology

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Saul Degraw
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    The problem is that I think a lot of the misinformation people are acting in bad faith and I’m rather angry and tired of constantly being told that the only way to solve the problem is endless assumptions of good faith, followed by hugs and mugs of cocoa. They might as well state “heads I win, tails you lose.” How much are people’s misconceptions sincere? How much of it is bullshit thrown up to prevent people from doing the right thing? How much is shitposting and trolling?Report

  2. Saul Degraw
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    Comment in modReport

  3. Oscar Gordon
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    Doom scrolling – We have become so used to the constant barrage of bad news the media insists on delivering that it’s become entertainment for us.

    Even NPR does it. I have to be careful when the kid is in the car because of the constant drum beat of COVID, or Afghanistan, or shootings in distant places, or violent protests, etc. Perhaps out collective attention span is so short because we get so blasted with a given topic we almost immediately begin to tune it out and look for something else.Report

    • Andrew Donaldson in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      There is a reason we are featuring two pieces of writing about Jeopardy today and tomorrow. Going to openly admit it’s been a struggle last few weeks keeping a balance. The Afghanistan one is the really tough one because not just the current doom scrolling but knowing what is coming next week you have to just be like “k, can’t stop it, walk away for a bit.” Also why I Tweet and write about food so much, its mostly for me, because to do what we do you have to intake so much news to keep the output up, I need that food and fun and just normal stuff to feel human again sometimes.Report

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