The Tragedy of Fake News

Privacy quote from Ayn Rand

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article entitled: “Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match”. This article documents how some fake news on Facebook led to several deaths. The events are based in Sri Lanka, an island country in South Asia, so many of us will think, it could not happen to me, not in my country. Think again, for example, bullying and fake news have similar, traumatic effects, on some of our children.
Facebook is a wonderful social media and I love it. Recent events have raised my awareness of fake news and my responsibility to check the veracity of a newsfeed before sharing it.
Recently, I detected a probable fake news, I warned the sender who argued that even if it was fake news it supported my FB friend's ideas. We no longer are Facebook friends.

Facebook is a wonderful tool, provided “free” but traded for our privacy.
This reminded me of this quote:

“Civilization is the progress towards a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the law of his tribe.
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.”

AYN RAND The Fountainhead



2 books

2 books

This morning, I read “Oubli” from “Eloge du risque”. A short essay by Anne on the virtues of forgetting as opposed to the current obsession of recording all. Anne's writing focuses on the past, Tim’s WTF on the future.

Anne is a true modern hero. Her recent death seen as the apotheosis of her ideals as expressed in this book, The Virtue of Risk. It’s profoundly moving and stirs me; recalling by association the emotions with a clinical psychologist friend.

WTF starts where I began my computer career. The event which lead me to embrace the Silicon Valley culture and my ambition to become an entrepreneur. Another form of accepting high risks.

This morning, the serendipity of reading a chapter from each one of these books and the mixture in my mind made me want to share my appreciation of both by recommending their work.

Enjoy the reading.