Taiwan has found a way to use a carefully designed social network constructively.
As stated in the Tyee,
Taiwan Is Crowdsourcing an Everybody-Wins Democracy
They had to do something. In 2014,
Opponents to the bill felt not just defeated, but invisible. The government had promised to listen to their concerns, but simply hadn't done so, rushing the bill onto the parliament floor. They had the votes; they could get it through. So that evening, protesters scaled the fence, kicked the door open and streamed onto the floor of Taiwan's parliament, the Legislative Yuan.
Sound familiar from recent history?
Well, the government found a way to listen.
They set up vTaiwan, a social network where prominence is given to posts that further concord instead of discord. And they're using it to craft proposals for legislation. Anyone can contribute.
The article doesn't state how the social network determines which posts promote consensus. I'd like to know.
(Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 12 2021, @10:12PM (2 children)
For fuck's sake, do you mentally defective autistic nerds have to have everything spelled out to you ?!
The fucktards who stormed the capitol building are exactly the kind of people I want to see rounded up and shot. But do you think these morons just appeared out of thin air ? They are the product of years of misinformation, endoctrination and conspiracy theories coined and spread by the likes of 4chan, 8chan, QAnon, etc. The thugs in Washington were just the intellectually inferior, gullible, desperate, easily manipulable arms of the real puppet masters who never showed up in Washington and never put themselves in harm's way. They let their well brainwashed minions do the dirty work.
What kind of people do you think create conspiracies like QAnon ? Kids doing it just for the lulz ? No, these people are foreign agents trying to create chaos to destroy what they believe to be an ennemy nation, and also pure psychopaths who take their pleasure in lighting fires everywhere and watching the world burn. In all cases, they are pure evil and must be eliminated.
Sorry if my "wrong opinion" pisses you off, snowflake, but if freedom of speech is absolute as you claim, it also applies to everyone. Deal with it.
(Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @01:46AM
"4chan, 8chan, QAnon"
These have fairly shallow reach. Quantitatively no where near as much damage as the MSM. Some nuts are a statistical inenvitability. However the reason that nothing real ever gets discussed, (which is what makes people resort to fringe groups to begin with) is because generations of people have been indoctrinated into to thinking the broadcast media (a simplex communication) is normal. Today this is far from true.
What changed from 20 years ago to today, was that communications became full duplex over long distances. So now people ask questions, and the boomers on the hill have this broadcast era mentality where they think that they can get away with refusing to engage the public on real topics because "where else are they going to get information?". The public has a higher expectation of engagement now. The fringes are successful because congress failed to recognize the totality of its current role.
Of course, they mostly seem to believe their own legend. So it couldn't possibly be their failure. /s
Which is why they will respond by trying to crack down on civil rights, instead of realizing that they need to ease off, and become more engaged, and more transparent.
(Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 13 2021, @05:13AM
Many of those protesting at the capital were former military. Their "indoctrination" comes from an oath: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
You are definitely correct that we're under attack by a foreign nation who are seeking to create chaos and destroy what they believe to be an enemy nation. But you're not noticing who they're targeting. When China sent a female spy to sleep around for power, she bee-lined straight to San Francisco. And succeeded. The US House Intelligence Committee is the primary oversight body of the CIA. And the man who was chairing that committee, Representative Eric Swalwell, was literally fucking a Chinese spy while overseeing the CIA. Swalwell, as an aside, is (and was at the time) married - with children. Similarly Diane Feinstein employed, presumably unknowingly, a Chinese spy for more than 2 decades who worked in her office, was her personal chauffeur, and also her liaison to the Asian American electorate.
The Chinese seem to believe that the DNC can be easily controlled and infiltrated, and they seem to be correct. And this is not even getting into the relationship between Hunter Biden and China. Interestingly, doing a quick search on Swalwell to ensure I spelled his name correctly, Pelosi *just* named him as an impeachment manager. Why I'm just shocked...