It’s become trivial to find these examples, I suppose, but here’s some snapshots from today, around 8 a.m. Pacific Time.
Facebook (snapshot via @eliparser, I use Facebook maybe once a month myself).
I’m curious why this happens (and maybe I should read Eli’s book?). In this case it’s not a Friendly Web issue — there are plenty of people to “like” the SCOTUS ruling. And while the population of Twitter is surely more socially involved (for good and for ill) it’s hard to see this repeated pattern as merely a demographic difference.
Yet one of these looks like a passable future, and the other looks like Neil Postman’s worst nightmare.
We’ve talked a lot about the fallacy of technodeterminism in the past here, and I’m not going to defend the reductionist version of that. But this looks like two very different futures to me, and it’s worth thinking about how the technology we promote in our classrooms shapes the future we’re launching our students into.