I think this is a cool and helpful way to understand social media and the effect of the internet on our society.

In the same way that processed food is made highly palatable by modern food processing because we demand highly palatable food - food that includes too much sugar, salt and fat. Our modern technology is now responding to our demands for highly palatable information - a societal conversation that oversimplifies, has heroes and villains and gives you a sense of belonging to the good side.

This new information environment that is responding to what we are naturally attracted to is giving us societal brain diabetes and other metabolic problems as we overindulge.

We need to seek out healthy conversations like we need to seek out healthy food - conversations that are nuanced and recognise our commonality and our common interests.

I think I originally picked up this idea from here and later also here.

Are There Effective Principles to Bear in Mind to Bring More Sanity into Your Conversations?

I think a really interesting answer to this problem is this book that Peter Boghossian & James Lindsay have written "How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide". Peter and James have volunteered in jails, have spent a lot of time being evangelical new atheists, for which they now repent and are now on the front lines of the culture war over the direction the left are going in. They've thought deeply about how to manage to talk about difficult subjects in productive ways.

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How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide: Boghossian, Peter, Lindsay, James: 9780738285320: Amazon.com: Books
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