Filling the Void

Chapter 5

Enclosure, ignorance and the politics of content

The consequences of filling the void

What happens when we use social media to "fill the void" and allow our compulsive relationship to social media to dominate? This chapter tries to take stock of the arguments made in earlier chapters, and investigates two areas where we might see some of the consequences of the patterns they outline.

Part I

What happens when you upload a picture of your young child to Facebook? Does that child have a right not to have his or her images stored publicly online? Why does Facebook censor women's nipples, but not men's?

Part II

Lots of people argued that "fake news" on social media got Donald Trump elected and caused Britain to leave the European Union, but are these arguments somewhat simplistic? Do social media audiences really want "truth"?

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