Dennis Hong : The Dark Side of Democratization

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  1. lewiscowles2015

    Resources like `` could also have been mentioned for fact checking data. Lots of people quote biased or unregulated sources. Also appending `site:` filters can help with that.

    I’d also say it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and challenge our own internal compass


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July 22, 2017

No one can dispute the power that democratized publishing affords us. After all, anyone today can start a website and be heard by the world. And of course, WordPress has played a central role in all this. But let’s face it, we have a problem on our hands. Over the past year now, misinformation on the internet seems to have reached a tipping point, not just in the United States, but all over the world. From the persistence of content designed to manipulate our emotions to the polarization of politics and the spread of radicalism, all of these issues can be attributed in some way to the ease with which anyone can find a voice on the internet today. My talk will therefore 1) describe the problems democratization can create, and 2) discuss potential solutions. To paraphrase a well-known saying, “The price of democratization is eternal vigilance.”

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