#里茲螞蟻批判性思考寫作專欄 #Alex專欄 #外師每週精選閱讀
It might seem a bit strange to people who are used to getting their news from more traditional sources that the news ban by Facebook caused such a kerfuffle, not just in Australia, but also around the world, as politicians and supporters of free speech overwhelmingly condemned the despotic behaviour of an enormous corporation that has amassed more power and wealth than even some countries. The shocking truth is that many millions of people use social media as their primary, and in some cases exclusive, source of news and other information now. This means that the algorithms, which these tech companies force on users to ensure we are flooded with more of the same content that we are already seeing in order to expose us to as much advertising (“Sponsored”/”Suggested for you”) content as possible, create an echo chamber of ideas. You have no doubt experienced this before when, after clicking on or showing interest in a link in your feed, you are subsequently force-fed similar content continually for the next few days or weeks.
While this kind of narrowing of people’s access to information might not lead to serious social issues when people’s interests are silly cat videos, images of food, or clothes and fashion – although the jury is out on whether this may lead to the deterioration of some people’s intellectual capacities – if the content is discriminatory or conspiracy-laden, it is very likely to worsen some people’s prejudices and fuel their paranoia. This is demonstrated most clearly in the transformation of the QAnon conspiracy theory into a cult-like group, which is a process that has been enabled and encouraged by the profit-driven masters of social media and their supposedly amoral algorithms. In their own feeble defence, tech companies fall back on the same fallacies that gun fanatics use: that the tools themselves are not what is causing the real harm – it is the users of the tools who do the damage. At least when it comes to conspiracy theories being circulated online, this article from Vice proves how untenable that position is.
上面的貼文內容是我們的實力派外師Alex，針對每週一篇英文文章閱讀後，親自寫出的批判性思考文（不是copy & paste的東西啊）。旨在讓同學知道如何用不同的角度來讀文章。你可以選擇先讀Alex寫的批判文，也可以選擇先讀本次的英文文章連結，但最好兩處都要閱讀才能達到最好的效果。
Alex是我們的御用老師，每週都會幫梅姨、托托、慕華上英文課。目前星期一晚上有開一班 #里茲螞蟻外師應用英文課程 ，程度高級，充滿知識性與深度。有開放單次付費上課。若你想學習用英文來深度探討各項主題，check it out！