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Human motivation and the Internet: A kicking interview

Fascinating interview by Brooke Gladstone with Pew’s Lee Rainie on his research. Basically he’s coming at the same basic question I took up in my thesis—is the Internet helping or harming human social consciousness?—from a totally different (empirical rather than primarily theoretical) angle. He excitingly describes conclusions that I feel quite vindicated by, this despite a completely misleading frame by Ms. Gladstone (introducing him by saying that he “found that the echo chamber phenomenon is a byproduct of human nature, not the Internet. The Net merely amplifies what’s worst and best in us all.”) Check it like it’s your coat.

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