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Of facebook and fury

I think I ought to flag this up. It's a bbc program I caught the end of last night and just rewatched. It discusses the impact technology has had on politics, particularly how platforms like Facebook are being used to target voters with increasing accuracy. I hadn't realised that Facebook had played such a major role in the election of Trump. I'd like to point out, though, that I fear that the use of social media has contributed to the alarming amount of anger in politics there is at the moment. Everyone is getting so angry - not just me. Both the uk and america are now utterly divided, each side hating the other. We saw this sickeningly demonstrated in Virginia yesterday.

The situation is highly volatile, emotional and dangerous. I can't help but suspect that such online targeted campaigning, as well as increased interaction between people, helped bring this situation about. Online, where it is confined to harmless name-calling, people are becoming increasingly aggressive. You can't get arrested for assault for writing a nasty facebook post. That has lowered people's self-restraint. The problem is, that anger and aggression now seems to be spilling over into the real world.

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