FROM Michelle Meyer
Facebook Manipulates Your Feed and Your Emotional State We all know that Facebook manipulates what pops up in your news feed, from baby photos to party pictures, but it turns out that the company was also using your news feeds to perform a mass science experiment. In January 2012, Facebook changed the number of positive and negative posts in the feeds of almost 700 thousand users to see if it would influence users emotional moods and status updates. Facebook was trying, it turns out, to make you sad. Michelle Meyer is Assistant Professor of bioethics at Union Graduate College and Mt. Sinai Medical School.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.