I had an epiphany of sorts this morning and I wanted to run the insight by you. Here's what I decided: just maybe the Internet is responsible for a lot of the increasing polarization we see online. Here's how I came to that conclusion.
It started with social media. I was driving back from dropping my son off at his school bus stop, listening to the radio. And they were talking about the responsibility that social media bore for conspiracy theories. The journalist was saying something like, "sure, conspiracy theories existed before the Internet. But the Internet makes it vastly easier to find like-minded souls who believe the same thing."
And I think that's true. Now, the term 'conspiracy theory' conjures up the idea of a bunch of mentally unstable people thinking something is...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.