posted on Oct, 9 2017 @ 03:41 PM
a reply to: rukia
You are on to something, the "group think" problem has definitely increased rudeness for the simple reason that people are basically told how to
expect certain groups of people of certain ages are going to think. The result is wholesale ideological profiling. I am an entirely white headed
older white man. It's assumed I am a bigot, racist homophobic xenophobic white nationalist. But the result is worse than that. Because of the
Facebook algorithims, Facebook targets content to people based upon the profiling done by the algorithims, thus people find themselves stuck in issue
oriented confirmation bias echo chambers.
The result of THAT is that shortly after meeting someone and they open their mouths, I pretty much know what they're thinking on just about any topic.
Worse, I am correct 90% of the time and that's only because I have read tons of Facebook News comments.
I am not alone of course, everyone else who has a phone and Facebook is doing the same thing. What's the result? Silence. I went to a big church
luncheon last week. It was a very diverse group. Thing I noticed is that, just as you would expect, the "usuals" sat together and chated it up. The
30 something white chick in berkenstocks chating it up with the tall skinny black school teacher and as I easvedropped, I heard the words "social
justice" on several exchanges. Really no point in talking to them unless you are of that ideological issue group and demographic. And they didn't
talk much, even to themselves.....why bother, they already know what everyone in their group is thinking. Of course they made a great effort to
avoid me, even looking at me, they would avert their eyes with a knowing smirk.
So yea, there have been many unintended consequences of all this technology and hatred, isolation and rudeness are the unintended consequences.
Good luck and remember to liberally sprinkle your paper with PC buzzwords in order to get a great grade. You know the ones, right?
Of course you do.