Observing news reports describing how recent events have “called into question” the assumption that social media was going to be a clear force for good.

Ummmmm was that really the general assumption this whole time in the wider culture? In my little bubble everyone believes that it has some upsides (connections, if superficially), huge downsides (addiction, bullying, privacy, manipulation), and heaps of unknowns still TBD.

I mean, I wouldn’t be working on vis.social if I didn't think there were any benefits to social media (or potential ones), but let’s be honest — this is all very new to humanity and we are figuring it out as we go. Please no foregone conclusions and forecasts predicting that any new thing will only be a “force for good” or otherwise.


@scott I did some grad school work in the Dept. of Geography, and one clever thing a Prof. said was when ever we change how we travel or communicate, the whole world changes.

Granted, telegraph, FAX Machine, and eMail aren't that different, but social media is. It's a transportation and communication revolution. Distance = 0 here, and before I mainly met people cultured in the same environment as me, now I meet people routinely that had it very different than me. A new melting pot if you will.

@WNYmathGuy great perspective. Hopefully that is an upside of online life!

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