Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Social Media Dragon Addiction Is a Real Disease

My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things - trout as well as eternal salvation - came by grace; and grace comes by art; and art does not come easy.
~A River Runs Through It (Naration)

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President Donald Trump speaks with the media after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Washington. The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A look at weekend coverage of the Mueller investigation

Social Media Addiction Is a Real Disease, U.K. Lawmakers Say  

And Facebook and Google Must Be Taxed for It – Fortune: “For the last few years, some psychologists have been warning of the dangers of social media addiction—a phenomenon that whistleblowers from within tech industry say has been deliberately fostered by companies such asFacebook and Google. Now, lawmakers in the U.K. say social media addiction should be formally classified as a disease, and the companies behind the platforms should pay a 0.5% tax on their profits in order to help fix the problem. A cross-party group of parliamentarians on Monday published their report following an inquiry into “managing the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing,” which ran from April 2018 to January this year. “Our Inquiry shows that there are aspects of social media which are positive—particularly for bringing together people with similar interests, reducing loneliness and helping communities stay in touch,” wrote Chris Elmore and William Wragg, the lawmakers who led the inquiry.

    Poynter’s Daniel Funke and the American Press Institute’s Susan Benkelman are out with the latest Factually newsletter. Big news this week: 19 news organizations in Europe are collaborating on a project to fact-check politicians ahead of the May parliamentary elections.
    The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz calls out Instagram for being full of conspiracy theories and misinformation.