Hint: It’s you

Credit: Lindarks (Getty)

It’s common to claim we live in a “Post-Truth” era. Lamenting the dissemination of “Fake News” on Facebook and other websites, many believe targeted misinformation on social media platforms helps explain Donald Trump, Brexit, and more. And the problem’s only getting worse.

But are people more susceptible to misinformation now, with the rise of social media? Or does the influence of technology simply change how we measure and see the impact? Perhaps social media is only shedding light on problems we have always experienced in free societies: the unintended consequences of a free press and free speech.

The power of…

On conspiracy, condescension and the human condition

Throughout 2020, Americans across the political spectrum vowed not to take the COVID-19 vaccine at various intervals, citing concerns over either Donald Trump’s or Bill Gates’s involvement. Bill Gates recently commented on the alarming increase in the volume of conspiracy theories about the vaccine saying, rather astutely, “It’s hard because it’s not as interesting to click on the truth as it is this oversimplified explanation of why something bad has happened in the world.”

Gates statement is simple yet profound. When something terrible happens, the first question everyone wants answered is why— why do bad things happen to good people…

How one tweet disrupted a tightly knit personal finance community

Philip Taylor thought he was just engaging in casual conversation with his friend on Twitter.

[My wife] and I were just talking about how removed we feel from it all. Life could not be more normal, peaceful, and ideal in our hood. Almost makes me feel guilty. Almost.

The CEO and founder of the thriving personal finance community known as FinCon lives in a peaceful northern suburb of Dallas, Texas, and commented that he felt oddly isolated from the chaos erupting around the country after the death of George Floyd.

But this one tweet set off an avalanche of outrage…

Should Women Lean In or Lean Out of Corporate Feminism?

In Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, the Facebook COO called for women to take responsibility for their own success in corporate America. Working women needed to “take a seat at the table” if they wanted to break through the glass ceiling of middle management into the C-suite. Lean In’s message to women was simply, you can have it all if you really want it all. You just need to ask for it.

Much has changed culturally since a fresh copy of Lean In first graced my dorm room bookshelf in 2013. Most feminist…

Maybe Americans Don’t Love Liberty

“…and what is Aleppo?”

“You’re kidding.”

Most of us likely watched this cringe-inducing interaction play out on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” in the midst of the nightmarish 2016 election cycle. Gary Johnson’s very public flub didn’t exactly bolster the libertarian cause. He seemed to be a joke, just as the Libertarian Party itself is a joke to many political commentators and media elites on both sides of the aisle. Despite derision from many and condemnation from a few, Johnson still carried 3.27% of the national vote in 2016, setting a record for the Libertarian Party.

Libertarian principles — free mind and…

How Dan Carlin’s Interactive VR Experience Brings History to Life

Clutching my VR headset, mouth agape, I look around. I am seemingly suspended miles above the ground, floating among zeppelins, soaring past storm clouds as WWI biplanes zoom around below. I’m floating above the battlefields of war torn Belgium, while standing in a small brick building in the middle of downtown Austin. I had entered into a time machine.

A few years ago, Dan Carlin, gifted storyteller and beloved host of the popular podcast Hardcore History, met with an executive of Madison Wells Media and proposed a partnership. MWM Immersive, a division of the company that specializes in delivering interactive…

While Its Founder Rots in Prison

Do severe punishments actually deter crime? And if so, to what measure? Are those likely to commit crimes deterred more by the threat of severe punishment or the likelihood of getting caught? These are questions legislators constantly consider when evaluating the potential changes that need to be made to the criminal justice system. The case of Ross Ulbricht serves as powerful evidence that severe, long and inhumane prison sentences do nothing to deter criminal activity and ultimately succeed only in robbing the individual of any chance at reform or rehabilitation.

The research paper published by Minnesota House Research Department, Do…

Maggie Selner

free minds = free people

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store