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Social Media: Ground Zero in the Culture War

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:31:13 -0300

I wrote this in response to a post on HN - some article that made some point
about gun ownership, in the context of the recent shootings.  But it's *not* a
comment about gun ownership.  It's a comment about how social media has become
ground zero in the culture war.  And that's not a good thing.


  Christ.  You have all my sympathy.  What happened was horrible.  The social
  situation you face is a complete mess.  The fractured sense of communities
  and cultures is a disaster.  Half the country doesn't trust the other half.
  And the halves aren't even well defined.  There's no common faith and no
  common ground.

  And into all that you have people making their Facebook posts.  Framing
  their memes.  Writing their little propaganda articles.  Sending their links
  to HN.  Hacking together their own emotional cruise missile for the cause /
  internet points.  All from one side or the other.  All trying to find the
  right balance of words to appeal to one side and convert or humiliate or
  "show" or whatever the other.

  From outside it looks ugly as fuck.  I hope you guys get well soon.


http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4939632

Andrew

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