Social Warming

by Charles Arthur (Author)
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‘Witty, rigorous, and as urgent as a fire alarm’ Dorian Lynskey

‘Cooly prosecutorial’ Guardian

Nobody meant for this to happen.

Facebook didn’t mean to facilitate a genocide.

Twitter didn’t want to be used to harass women.

YouTube never planned to radicalise young men.

But with billions of users, these platforms need only tweak their algorithms to generate more ‘engagement’. In so doing, they bring unrest to previously settled communities and erode our relationships.

Social warming has happened gradually – as a by-product of our preposterously convenient digital existence. But the gradual deterioration of our attitudes and behaviour on- and offline – this vicious cycle of anger and outrage – is real. And it can be corrected. Here’s how.

Publication date
June 24, 2021
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Page count
304
ISBN
9781786079985
File size
1 MB