Has social networking been a net-positive for the world?
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« on: September 21, 2022, 08:53:05 AM »

To be clear, we're defining social media here as any platform where there's virtually unlimited access to information, much of it fake, and can be posted for a wide audience. That includes Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat.  Atlas/TE doesn't count here.

I'm always nostalgic for the pre-social networking days, when the only one that really existed was MySpace. I tend to look at the past with rose-colored glasses, but there was a charm to relatively small communities like Atlas being in place of modern social networking platforms, which in many cases is just a bunch of strangers yelling at each other.
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 09:07:45 AM »

Twitter -> Arab Spring -> Syrian Civil War -> Russian intervention -> overstretch of Russian forces -> Armenian vulnerability -> conflict in the South Caucasus, 2020 & 2022.

Net negative.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2022, 12:44:18 PM »

No, it's been a net negative — but it's still vastly preferable to the 'pre-social networking days' of the internet at-large, imho.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2022, 05:38:39 PM »

I swear y’all would be opposed to the printing press if you were alive back then. You could make a meme thread from this.
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2022, 07:23:15 PM »

The way it encourages people to interact with each other is way worse than all the fake news. I think the fake news is something we can respond to and learn to see through, but I don't know that we'll ever recover from the anti-social behavior that "social" media has instilled in us. We really don't deserve to recover either, in my opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2022, 08:32:44 PM »

I swear y’all would be opposed to the printing press if you were alive back then. You could make a meme thread from this.

Being for or against it isn't the question.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2022, 11:27:49 AM »

No, but secular blogging on the otherhand...
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2022, 01:15:13 PM »

TikTok is my main source of self-esteem, so yes.
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2022, 05:14:58 PM »

Yes (Normal)
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2022, 07:23:36 PM »

In some ways it has and in other ways it has not.  I lean towards saying it has not been a net positive.
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