The internet was made for aggregation. The abundance of information is impossible to swallow. So we pluck the highlights, the most useful stems.
If we gather all the data from our environment, we don’t have to do all the work. We puzzle it out ourselves.
Collecting artifacts online is a social experiment, a peer to peer network of bytes of genius. Unfortunately, knowledge can also be used to propagandize rather than do good. There are no limits to floating ideas that can become instantly contagious, like lighting a match.
But suppose cognitive bias does more to spread the plurality of ideas so we can make disparate connections, such as peanut butter and chocolate. The internet is more than just a copy-paste machine.
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