Picture your ancestors. Living in small communities, they interacted face-to-face with the same people every day. Social consequences were immediate. Bad behavior could lead to ostracism from the community and the loss of long-term survival advantages. It paid to be agreeable, so humans evolved to be agreeable. Now contrast that scenario with today’s online environment. Where one led to cooperation, the other has led to trolling and tribalism. getAbstract recommends writer and broadcaster Gaia Vince’s overview of how algorithms prompt the worst in human behavior to all Internet users.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why algorithms select for emotional content and create online echo-chambers,
- How the online environment and natural human instincts interact to produce online abuse, and
- Which interventions have proven successful in limiting online abuse.
About the Author
Gaia Vince is the author of Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made.