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Washington Monthly: How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

(…) Algorithms that maximize attention give an advantage to negative messages. People tend to react more to inputs that land low on the brainstem. Fear and anger produce a lot more engagement and sharing than joy. The result is that the algorithms favor sensational content over substance. Of course, this has always been true for media; hence the old news adage “If it bleeds, it leads.” But for mass media, this was constrained by one-size-fits-all content and by the limitations of delivery platforms. Not so for internet platforms on smartphones. They have created billions of individual channels, each

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The Website Obesity Crisis - Maciej Ceglowski @ Webdirections

Everybody involved in creating web experiences needs to listen to / watch this keynote.

Thursday Keynote Maciej Ceglowski - The Website Obesity Crisis from Web Directions on Vimeo.