“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.” — Self-made Billionaire Charlie Munger
The fake news ecosystem preys on some of our deepest human instincts: Respondents said humans’ primal quest for success and power – their “survival” instinct – will continue to degrade the online information environment in the next decade. They predicted that manipulative actors will use new digital tools to take advantage of humans’ inbred preference for comfort and convenience and their craving for the answers they find in reinforcing echo chambers.
But in conforming our language and behaviors to the standards of a community, it’s possible we’re losing something of ourselves along the way.
We live in an era where everything is delivered to our door. Our devices are our entertainment, lifeline, and appendage. We desire speed and convenience at the expense of quality, care, endurance, and persistence. We want to work, but balk at the actual work or the time it takes for the work to gain traction and bear results.