Paradoxes Disrupting American Politics
Posted by Hal Neumann (+8573) 10 months ago
An interesting read.

Paradox #1: More information, less credibility
“In 2010, Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, noted that every two days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up to 2003. Today Google processes 61,000 search queries a second. That’s 5.2 billion queries a day. . . . Information is everywhere, but good information is not.”

Paradox #2: More connectivity, less civility
“Sure, connectivity has created tremendous positive changes, including new markets in developing nations and new bonds among kindred spirits across vast distances. But connectivity has also made nasty discourse more convenient and socially acceptable.”

Paradox #3: The wisdom of crowds, the duplicity of crowds
“Technology has unleashed the wisdom of crowds. Now you can find an app harnessing the experiences and ratings of likeminded users for just about anything. . . . But the 2016 presidential election revealed that not all crowds are wise, or even real. The wisdom of crowds can be transformed into the duplicity of crowds. Deception is going viral.”

“The Three Paradoxes Disrupting American Politics”
--Amy Zegart
The Atlantic
August 5, 2017
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