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Is social media ruining democracy?

Social media is either destroying democracy, or it's freeing us from the tyranny of corporate media. It depends on how you look at it. Social media has empowered revolutions, toppled dictators, and allows ideas to take front and center no matter who you are. Critics say a lot of people are gaming the system to spread fake and misleading ideas, and in fact, the algorithms incentivize the bullshit. What do you think? Vote now!

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How about this for unintended consequences? A bunch of kids in Macedonia are gaming Facebook's algorithms and combine it with American gullibility to make some side money from banner ads. The side-effect of this particular hustle is the derailment of American democracy. NBD. 

“I started the site for a easy way to make money,” said a 17-year-old who runs a site with four other people. “In Macedonia the economy is very weak and teenagers are not allowed to work, so we need to find creative ways to make some money. I’m a musician but I can’t afford music gear. Here in Macedonia the revenue from a small site is enough to afford many things.”
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People are exploiting vulnerabilities of social networks. 

The reason why it is now possible for Darryl from Accounting who hates “social justice warriors” to have the same communicative power as a television network is down to the DNA of the medium: speed and lack of gatekeepers. Memes thrive on a lack of information – the faster you can grasp the point, the higher the chance it will spread.
Memes have been weaponized by both the left and the right.
When appropriated by the emerging alt-right, memes become a different weapon. They call it “meme magic” – a phenomenon which has helped vocalize and activate the more extreme wings of the Trump base and introduce white nationalism to a new generation of disaffected nerds. Meme magic is almost identical to meme warfare in that it attempts to use shareable images and ideas in an effort to engender real political change.
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Social media platforms allow for voices to be heard that have historically been ignored or marginalized.

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It allows groups that have previously been isolated or frozen out to come together and craft their own narratives. 

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Some see the backlash against social media as overblown. Sure there's some BS in there, but the real impact comes from people talking to each other with fewer filters. 

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Politics
Is social media ruining democracy?
A festive crown for the winner
#TooMuchFakeNews
#StopCorruptMedia