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YouTube -- The Brendan O'Neill Show: Jonathan Haidt: Fragility and Division
Haidt: "Social life involves a lot of different games. So here are three games you play and the thinking that would be appropriate for each game: 1) The [Truth-Seeking] Game: Trying to figure out what is really happening. And for that we need to bring a certain attitude, a willingness to engage, to listen to critics; we debate, we challenge each other – that's what universities are set up to do, going all the way back to Plato's academy – you have a group of scholars up on a hill outside of town, different norms than pertain to the public square, and if you get things right the truth can emerge. That's the Truth-Seeking Game, and that's one that has been played on university campuses to some degree. 2) The Helping Game: Someone's suffering, someone's in trouble, let's figure out how we can best help that person. And in general, knowing the truth will help you in helping that person better – but it's two different mindsets. 3) The War Game: Us versus Them. And this is the game that we typically play in the public square when it comes to any political disputes. Our side wants to win. Even if your side makes some good points we would never say 'Ah, good point'. We would do whatever we can to discredit you, and if we can't discredit your point, we're going to discredit your motive, we're going to use ad-hominem attacks. Now, the ad-hominem is great if your goal is victory, but it's poison if your goal is finding the truth. And what has happened – and I think social media is [responsible] for a lot of this – in American society and other liberal democracies, is the walls between domains of life have come crashing down. And where perhaps we could play the Truth-Seeking game in the classroom and then we could go out for a drink and have an argument in the Pub or whatever it is, the walls have come crashing down so now everything is the public square. So anything I say in the classroom, if I say one word that a student reacts to as being politically inappropriate or insensitive, that person can now expose me, can file a charges. So everything is politics and there's no more room to really play the Truth-Seeking Game or even the Helping Game. -- It is striking that all the claims about the dangers and traumas of words and speakers are rarely cited by student who claim that they themselves will be traumatized, it's that this other group, this group of marginalized students – their identity, their existence, will be negated, will be denied. So it portrays itself as a pro-social and standing up for the vulnerable and the helpless and that gives you a moral license to punch your opponents in the face, humiliate them – ad-hominem arguments – and this is normal behaviour in the public square, but this is just disastrous in the university." -- O'Neill: "It's vicarious offence taking, people are taking offence on behalf of others, which is incredibly paternalistic for the group in question nevermind its censorious impact as well."
socialmedia  contextcollapse  discourse  rhetoric  victimhood  morallicensing  threatnarrative  marxism  scapegoating 
11 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Le destinataire inconnu, ou la communication sociale – L'image sociale
On retrouvera au théâtre, et plus particulièrement dans ses formes populaires, comme le théâtre de rue, une gamme similaire de stratégies d’interaction avec un public composite.
imaginedaudience  contextcollapse  trolls 
october 2018 by yorksranter
We Are All Public Figures Now – Ella Dawson
"As the content creator of this media circus, Blair is responsible for the behavior of its fans. When faced with the opportunity to discourage their privacy violations, she has done the opposite: “I’m sure you guys are sneaky.”" - knowing how to lead and moderate a community can be useful even if it's not your job.
planebae  roseyblaire  elladawson  contextcollapse  sousveillance  society  privacy  behaviour  norms  public  private  up-to-us 
july 2018 by danhon
”I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience” by danah boyd and Alice E. Marwick
Social media technologies collapse multiple audiences into single contexts, making it difficult for people to use the same techniques online that they do to handle multiplicity in face-to-face conversation. This article investigates how content producers navigate ‘imagined audiences’ on Twitter. We talked with participants who have different types of followings to understand their techniques, including targeting different audiences, concealing subjects, and maintaining authenticity. Some techniques of audience management resemble the practices of ‘micro-celebrity’ and personal branding, both strategic self-commodification. Our model of the networked audience assumes a many to-many communication through which individuals conceptualize an imagined audience evoked through their tweets.
contextcollapse  socialmedia  twitter  sociology 
october 2017 by beep

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