Social media divides democracy by allowing people to filter their own world and ignore the stuff they don’t agree with.
Disagreement is the pulse of an open society. The more ideas we throw out there and discuss, the more likely we are to land on the most advanced solution.
Facebook killed openness and smothered curiosity along with it. One way to rebuild healthy dissent is through more democratic design.
In his new book, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein proposes that Facebook should have ‘serendipity buttons’ that reveal the opposite side’s viewpoint with a click.
We are the sum of our parts, easily driven into stagnancy and sidedness through closed worlds. Nothing evolves through repetition. Variety yields results.