Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I guess you could say I'm very into the thought of everything being an option. Polarization is something we can't afford to avoid. If there weren't different points of view we would live in a perfect society where everyone thinks and acts the same way about every single thing; basically robots. With this thought put into place you must ask yourself why? if people can stand and support their ideas with information to back it up how can it be bad? 

In my opinion I feel argumentation as a thought generating occurrence. it challenges people to provide explanation to their thoughts. According to Taranu et al. (2011) "the Internet provides broad opportunities for all kind of news exchanges among a wide audience, and diminishes traditional boundaries of gathering, producing, and disseminating news" (p. 364). Playing off of this with the new technology compared to previous generations we have everything at the tips of our fingers to build and create new ideas and ways of thinking. I think it would be more interesting if our filter bubbles not only supported our own algorithmic thoughts but also challenged them. Why not see new of an article they already know you aren't going to necessarily agree with?  

From my perspective I've never "unfriend-ed" anyone on Facebook due to the way they think. I don't care if people want to boast their opinions all over the internet, because unless its something that sparks my interest I just keep scrolling past it. I guess they also took this into consideration as well because now on Facebook you can still be friends with someone and just "unfollow" them so that they don't flood your news feed. This I find myself doing every once in a while, but not often. When you think about it you build your own bubble. 

Any test with a given selection based formula can be manipulated. Think about it. You get the surveys all the time in school, with the Likert-type scale where you have to pick where you fall based on a number. But you almost always respond in a socially acceptable response all because you don't want to be viewed in a negative light. Where as social media allows you to say exactly how you feel. So what, people won't always agree and  some things people have exactly the same opinion. Giving yourself words to express yourself instead of numbers creates the creative aspect. Try this, try googling opposing views just to see for maybe a weeks time if your feed changes. Yes, on Google money is involved in what pops up when you begin typing, but the goal is to type new or different things. Train yourself to think outside of the box a bit more. 

Polarization isn't a bad thing, we just do bad things with the polarization. If instead of fighting polarization and we created intergroup socialization instead of stigmatizing ingroups and outgroups via social media maybe we would be more proactive in the decision-making process wih problems going on in the world. But then again maybe not.

Taranu, A., Paun, E., Florea, N., Nicole, R., & Lazaroiu, G. (2011). The ethics of participation, sharing and collaboration in networked media cultures: New digital technologies and participatory models of knowledge production. Economics, Management & Financial Markets, 6(2), 363-372. 

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