“People like us do things like this.”
Social media understands this.
It also knows that people like points, likes and something that feels like popularity.
The social media companies optimized their algorithms for profit. And profit, they figured, would come from engagement. And engagement, they figured, would come from confounding our instincts and rewarding outrage.
Because outrage draws a crowd.
And crowds establish culture.
And a desire to be the leader of a crowd reinforced the cycle.
And so the social networks created a game, a game in which you ‘win’ by being notorious, outrageous or, as they coined the phrase, “authentic.” The whole world is watching, if you’re willing to put on a show.
That’s not how the world actually works. The successful people in your community or your industry (please substitute ‘happy’ for successful in that sentence) don’t act the way the influencers on Twitter, YouTube or Facebook do. That’s all invented, amplified stagecraft, it’s not the actual human condition.
Many of us have an overwhelming need to rubberneck, to slow down when we pass a crash on the highway. This is odd, as most people don’t go out of their way to visit the morgue, just for kicks. And yet…
I hope we’d agree that if people started staging car crashes on the side of the road to get attention, we’d be outraged.
That’s what happening, and the leaders of social networks pretend that they can’t do a thing about it, just as Google pretends that they can’t control the results of their search algorithm.
The shift that the leaders of the social networks need to make is simple. In the long run, it will cost them nothing. And within weeks, it will create a world that’s calmer, happier and more productive.
Amplify possibility. Dial down the spread of disinformation, trolling and division. Make it almost impossible to get famous at the expense of civilization. Embrace the fact that breaking news doesn’t have to be the rhythm of our days. Reward thoughtfulness and consistency and responsibility.
You can do this. Enough already.
First: If you come up with an innovation that creates value, that value is multiplied a million-fold because now you can share it outside your village.
Second: If you build a community, the network effect creates increasing amounts of value as more people use it.
And the pothole: As we race to create value, it’s easy to forget that it’s unevenly distributed. A safety net isn’t perfect, but it’s better than no net at all.
Rising tides lift all boats, but we’re not boats.
|WORD OF THE DAY|
|1A clumsy or awkward youth.|
|Examples of Hobbledehoy in a sentence “I felt like a real hobbledehoy at my first job.” “Now that Jennifer’s braces were off, she was ready to leave her days of being a hobbledehoy behind.”|
Did you know…
… that today is Non-Human Man of the Year Day? On this day in 1982, The Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine was a computer. It was the first time a non-human received the honors. Since 1927, TIME magazine has chosen a man, woman, or idea that “for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year.” Although TIME’s list is not an academic or objective study of the past, the list gives a contemporary viewpoint of what was important during each year.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”
— Bill Dana
|“Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.”|
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|“Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!”|
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|“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”|
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