Circle Jerking in a Social Media Filter Bubble

The social web is kind of a mess. Whether it’s a regimented space like Facebook, or a more laissez faire environment like Reddit, people post a lot of garbage. From baseless information, bad statistics, and fear mongering news articles, to outright racist diatribes. And two big concept are at fault: circle jerking and the filter bubble. Circle Jerk: “When a bunch of blowhards – usually politicians – get together for

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Social Media Priceless During Emergencies

Last week I lost internet connection at my apartment. I didn’t think much of it; it happens occasionally. My area isn’t known for strong signal. I knew there was a storm coming, but without television or internet, I would not have been prepared for the past few days. A friend noticed I hadn’t been on social media last Monday (I’m usually either on Tumblr, Gmail chat, or GroupMe) and called

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