Terrible about the Internet

It’s no accident that Facebook is so addictive: Henry Farrell interviews Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. When it comes to politics, people are angry online as never before. The high school we can’t log off from: Twitter rewards us for our mistakes — it isn’t designed to let us grow up. What's the matter with Twitter? The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas: Behind our Twitter wars lies Twitter’s problems. Some online “mobs” are vicious — others are perfectly rational. The one law that’s the cause of everything good and terrible about the Internet — and the push to change it, for good or ill.

In 2018, Tumblr is a joyless black hole. Wikipedia, the last bastion of shared reality: The culture wars are coming for the best utopian project of the early Internet — can it survive the informational anarchy that’s disrupted the rest of media?