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Like culture can have sinister effects- promoting extremism.

We’ve written about it in our #firstarticle. Excerpt here:

Online extremism is partially attributable to the “like” only culture on the internet which makes users exclusively aware of who supports an issue, but not of the skepticism or apathy that others might have. In this way, “like” culture contributes to a simple “for or against” herd mentality that content creators easily exploit.

By demonizing the “opposing” side and calling it extreme, content creators can rally support around causes while normalizing their own possibly extreme views. However, this practice damages online conversation in two significant ways.

  1. First, it distorts the view of the “other” side making many well-intentioned people seem like monsters.
  2. Secondly, it simplifies debates into polar extremes, making it seem as if in every debate there are only two sides — right and wrong, good and evil, smart and stupid.