How social media may be amplifying our divides (a piece I wrote)

In this episode, I read a piece I wrote entitled ‘How social media divides us.’ (And the written piece is recommended over the podcast version.) Much of the mainstream focus on this area has been on product features (e.g., content recommendation algorithms, or choices of emojis) but my piece examines whether there might be inherent aspects of social media that lead to more polarization, in a medium-theory “medium is the message” manner. The piece also gives an overview of the extreme polarization in the U.S. and why it’s a problem in the first place.

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