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Moral outrage in the digital age

Moral outrage is an ancient emotion that is now widespread on digital media and online social networks. How might these new technologies change the expression of moral outrage and its social consequences?
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But online platforms have profoundly changed the incentives of information sharing. Because they compete for our attention to generate advertising revenue, their algorithms promote content that is most likely to be shared, regardless of whether it benefits those who share it — or is even true.
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Outrage-inducing content appears to be more prevalent and potent online than offline. Future studies should investigate the extent to which digital media platforms intensify moral emotions, promote habit formation, suppress productive social discourse, and change the nature of moral outrage itself. There are vast troves of data that are directly pertinent to these questions, but not all of it is publicly available. These data can and should be used to understand how new technologies might transform ancient social emotions from a force for collective good into a tool for collective self-destruction.

The Self-Dissolving Principle Vs. Sortition

The Self-Dissolving Principle

Firefighters should do everything in their power to uphold fire prevention measures even at the expense of their own careers. If a governmental body or institution no longer serves any purpose, it should be abolished. Both statements sound completely reasonable and completely necessary.

The Self-Dissolving Principle Vs. Sortition

The Self-Dissolving Principle

Firefighters should do everything in their power to uphold fire prevention measures even at the expense of their own careers. If a governmental body or institution no longer serves any purpose, it should be abolished. Both statements sound completely reasonable and completely necessary.

Healthcare, Warfare, and the State

Question: Is it ethical to have the same political entity responsible for the mass murder of millions of innocent people regulating health laws and healthcare?

Trump Visits Saudi Arabia

President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage here Saturday, ushering in a new era in U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations by signing a joint “strategic vision” that includes $110 billion in American arms sales and other new investments that the administration said would bring hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Corporation: maximizing profits at any cost?

I recently mentioned to some friends that corporations are required by law to maximize profits at any costs on the society, i.e. regardless of environmental impact, ethics, etc.

They reacted with incredulity, so I tried to search for some references. It was possible in my mind that I got the wrong information, or that I had been misled. Below are some excerpts of things that I found. I plan to create some polls within this Free Association (USA) to determine what the members think on this topic.

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