Anti-Social Media Indeed

“If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energize hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. In his new book, Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging. It's an account of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit, and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems. And it's an indictment of how "social media" has fostered the deterioration of democratic culture around the world, from facilitating Russian meddling in support of Trump's election to the exploitation of the platform by murderous authoritarians in Burma and the Philippines. Antisocial Media shows how Facebook's mission went so wrong”.—Oxford University Press

We are interested in the effects of Facebook on American Sanghas. How these technologies are creating the precariousness we witnessed with the implosion of Against the Stream. How these technologies are fueling the divisiveness inside Refuge Recovery. How Refuge Recovery in five years of existence has failed to establish any democratic decision making processes for the fellowship as a whole. We hope to open up the dialogue for our sanghas and yours.

—The American Buddhist

Rachael Savage