Wired: Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

Wired: Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse. “They saw it coming, the media theorists, book-bound intellectuals, Jesuit priests, classicists, and sociologists who attempted to make sense of what they called ‘electronic media,’ and we now think of as prehistoric radio and TV. With their long-winded tomes from an age of longer attention spans, authors like Marshall McLuhan, Harold Innis, Walter Ong, and others form a sort of prophetic canon that collectively catalogs our species’ first reaction to these newfangled contraptions, with their blinking lights and blaring speakers. Of course, they didn’t wholly foretell our present.”

MIT Technology Review: Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV

MIT Technology Review: Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV. “If I say that social media aided Donald Trump’s election, you might think of fake news on Facebook. But even if Facebook fixes the algorithms that elevate inaccurate stories, there’s something else going on: social media represents the ultimate ascendance of television over other media.”