Facebook is a video game for adults. The social network specializes in goading emotional responses that dupe the older crowd into thinking they are legitimate purveyors of news.
The reality is imperfect. Technology companies compel people to spread misinformation that emboldens preexisting echo chambers. A post-fact society threatens the plurality of opinion so fundamental to healthy democracies.
Overheard someone say 'Facebook did to your parents what they worried violent video games would do to you' earlier this week and haven't stopped thinking about it.
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) February 10, 2018
We could argue that CNN and Fox News are also culprits.
Screen staring and the rapid spread of information distort what's real and what's false. Unfortunately, it is the networks that benefit most from the gray space in the middle.
Facebook is a weapon of mass propaganda, a platform where conspiracy theories thrive. We should be giving our parents the same lecture they gave us on video games but about their manipulative online use.
Jedi mind tricks have their consequences.