Kate Harveston: Perhaps the most negative effect of social media on politics is its natural tendency to create an echo chamber for all Americans who use it.
Wes King: The frenzy around a multiplicity of Russian “election interference” narratives…going on for well over a year now is a phenomenon that is beyond tiresome and serves little purpose other than to distract people from truly substantive issues.
Walter Brasch: During the past decade, Americans turned to a comedy cable channel, tuned in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for 44 minutes of truth four times a week, and tuned out ink on newsprint.
Charles D. Hayes: The tax for using the media available to us is paid in lost opportunity for thoughtful reflection. We need to find the right balance between technological wizardry and enough silent contemplation to keep from being manipulated politically.
Matthew Kavanagh: From Twitter trending to the front page of The New York Times to public statements by the White House and the Pentagon, the Kony 2012 campaign has shown the power of social media to affect U.S. public debate – but what about the dangers of oversimplification?
Jessie Daniels: Kony 2012 is, then, an endorsement of the moral superiority of white values of reason, order, and now social media against the supposed chaos and violence of Africa.
Steve Hochstadt: Right now we are being spied upon on a grand scale unimaginable a few years ago. Not by the government, but by the real Big Brother, Big Brother Computing.
Ted Vaill: Teabaggers, look at what has happened this past week in England – get rid of entitlements and you have rioting in the streets fomented by the unemployed youths who have been pushed down through England’s safety net.
Social networking websites can play and are playing an important role in finding and connecting people who are beginning to think and feel similar things. They can help participants deepen their understanding and form common perspectives. They can help inform those who use them of possible courses of action.
Randy Shaw: So while I’m not sold on Facebook (a venue where Lady Gaga’s record 10 million “fans“ exceeds that of President Obama), I am seriously considering opening a Twitter account. After all, how can I resist creating another “platform” for marketing?
Last week, I heard that Twitter is the fastest growing online social network. Well, whoop deee doo!! I’d just gotten used to Facebook after dumping MySpace, while at the same time trying to keep up with Shelfari, Digg, and LinkedIn—and now I’m told I should be Twitting or Tweeting or whatever the new term is […]