Should We Be Wary Of Manufacturing Consent In Social Media

A morning post from Gizmodo – Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News – got me thinking about two points.

1. Conservatives -who have an inordinate amount of power in the USA- have an enormous victimhood complex. They are far more sensitive than the overhyped “safe zone babies” (who, by the way have for more rights to grievances than the already powerful conservative movement). I take the “liberal bias” allegation with a grain of salt.

2. Everyone needs to wake up and recognize that social media could be used to manufacture consent. There are stories leaking out of Facebook about higher ups seeking to control the media narratives. Silicon Valley firms know the power they wield, just look at their smug statements extolling the virtues of social engineering through IT. ‪#‎PlatformCooperativism‬ is vital if we are to use social media for collective good, not collective control.