Tag: free speech

Dark Patterns

Welcome back, friends. Thank you to all of you that regularly (or irregularly) reach out and say hey each week. I value learning how you’re doing in your worlds. This week I published the following: Healthy Avatars and Sick People – A piece about the challenges of critical digital literacies in the context of health…

An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy

An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy

For the longest time, we thought that as speech became more democratized, democracy itself would flourish. But in 2018, it is increasingly clear that more speech can in fact threaten democracy.

Zeynep Tufecki in Politico Magazine. All annotations in context. But in the digital age, when speech can exist mostly unfettered, the big threat to truth looks very different. It’s not just censorship, but an avalanche of undistinguished speech—some true, some false, some fake, some important, some trivial, much of it out-of-context, all burying us. Perhaps…