Category: Essays

We’re All in a Tabloid Now

How The Real World, OJ Simpson and Kim Kardashian paved the way to our tabloidized lives on social. Kim Kardashian once described taking photos of herself as the “the purpose of life.” From the reality show which she helped launch, to her sisters following in her footsteps, the tabloid-like buzz the Kardashians create about themselves …

Engines of Polarization

A small change to an algorithm is at the heart of fake news, tribalism and extreme behavior on social media. In October 2009 Facebook made a fateful change to its algorithm which has had profound and polarizing effects on society. It’s a lesson in unintended consequences — for, on the surface, this tweak to the platform was …