Just watched a documentary about Fake News on ARD German television. And it's amazing what bots (electronically generated articles - and responses !) can do today in getting you directed into a certain direction.
I mean, you have your POV, and of course you look for like-minded people on the net which might have the same opinion as you. It's only natural. As in real life, you don't have the best pal in someone you think is an asshole.
You can, as I did, by mistake, put a comment onto a board which hailes the CIA, which I did some time ago. And my comment provoked replies which I've never seen here on WB (with one exception).
Now - what do I make of this ?
You write a comment of any sort, no matter which subject, and you will get proposals to join another group which is apparently in YOUR line. I got hotel tips for Thiès, Senegal, because I didn't dare to erase the cache of my browser and didn't log out. Huh ??
This has a fatal result:
That way, you'll automatically believe that the whole world is thinking like YOU. And this prevents you to see OTHER POV's neutrally, because as soon as you get into a circle you don't belong, you're first of all seen as a bot or as an enemy of state or an intruder - or propaganda bot....
They won't give you a chance because they're as intolerant as the ones who approve your POV. In your proposed circle you're accepted .... because ;-)
The net does NOT educate people. It hardens positions and makes people even more intolerant because all of them believe that they're right.
Because the algorithms which are in the programming don't make a difference. You like the beach - ok, ads for beach holidays, and Facebook groups talking about beaches.
We should be aware of that. When you're not careful and watch out, the net prevents you to even think about other views.
It happened to me too. And I still have a hard time when I want to post a comment which doesn't fit into the general opinion of a user or a group which I only oppose on a certain topic. An opinion that does not fit into is booed automatically. No reflecting about it.
And I'm not ranting, because there I'm not on WB. ;-)
Then I wonder - who there is a bot and who isn't, and where does that lead to ?
Who is fake and who not ?
Shit. I guess one day I just throw my PC out the window.