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Social Media – Why it Sickens the Self and Divides Society

The advent of social media has been a double-edged sword – on one hand it’s created a revolution in news, information, activism, education, and building global virtual networks. But on the other hand, it is arguably the pivotal mechanism in transforming the authentic self into a new, highly curated artificial simulacra of the self in the digital sphere, in what social scientists call profilicity. Can humanity survive this potential derailment in the evolutionary process? 

These and other insights are explored in this brief presentation by the Academy of Ideas, entitled, “Social Media – Why it Sickens the Self and Divides Society.” Watch:

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