2015 October 24 Saturday
Social Media Makes People Angry And Extremist?

Patrick West thinks Friedrich Nietzsche predicted a modern trend: the politics of emotion triumphing over the politics of reason.

From Islamist extremists, censorious students, sermonising feminists, ascendant shouty Corbynites, the self-appointed 99%, devout environmentalists, pious dieticians who conflate food with morality, the belligerent hard right to the angry young men of Scottish nationalism, we live in a new, more entrenched age of extremes. The violent turn of behaviour of some self-righteous cyclists in recent years is but its latest manifestation. Everybody seems to have very profound opinions on any number of matters.

You can choose Twitter streams to follow which will reinforce your beliefs and remind you daily of offenses against all that you hold good. Is this making people hold more intolerant and extreme views? It is an interesting idea, though not an original one.

What do you think? Are people going to become more divided into factions with extreme resentments and feelings of outrage? Are better news filters going to make this easier to do?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 October 24 02:20 PM 


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Wolf-Dog said at October 25, 2015 1:12 AM:


Originally, technology was very helpful in enhancing the development of empathy because a few centuries ago technology helped the creation of cities and communities, where people were interacting a lot more and developing empathy. But more recently, modern communication technologies are doing just the opposite, making it likely that different people will exclude others, destroying empathy.

Here is a leading expert on psychology who explains how modern communication devices destroy empathy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj6zxy63Sc0

Wolf-Dog said at October 25, 2015 1:17 AM:

Moreover, although Twitter compactifies sentences and gives an advantage to high IQ participants, it leaves very little room for detailed discussions, and only those who are insiders familiar with the terminology of the group (and who generally agree on the basic philosophy of the group) really feel at home in this restricted environment.

T said at October 25, 2015 1:21 PM:

For obvious reasons, the right barely exists on social media, being limited to anonymous accounts that are always at risk of deletion. Instead we have a thriving blogosphere. What about forums? I haven't seen much in the way of forums.

ErisGuy said at October 26, 2015 12:55 PM:

Yes. The politics of emotion triumphed in 1922 in Rome, 1933 in Berlin, 1940 in Bucharest, 1949 in Beijing, 1997 in London, .... All caused by the pinnacle of social media: newspapers.

The grave of Reason was opened when the Robespierre claimed to govern in its name and closed when Lenin proclaimed scientific socialism established.

Seth W. said at October 26, 2015 6:02 PM:

I think people are going to become more divided, yes. Even people who felt they belonged to a group with basically the same idiologies or office. I do see that people -I include myself- have become angrier. I think this is because the great majority feel they've been cheated on. Of course media has done a lot of damage, but also politicians have played the game along with media and other corporations that have blatantly been exposed as holding no kind of ethical values or social solidarity whatsoever. This has become obvious since the generalized access to internet back in the 90's.

Are they getting the world population -not just Europe- ready for worldwide conflict?

markpower49 said at October 31, 2015 3:12 PM:

We should not be tolerant of progressives or blacks living among us, destroying our society. Extermism is not a vice, and a revolution without firing squads is pointless, said Lenin.


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