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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?
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.
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.

La Marseillaise: Bipolar about my country's National Anthem

George, our WWII veteran and Normandy hero, asked me a question about La Marseillaise, France's national anthem.

After landing in Normandy, George took part in the liberation of large parts of the French territory, then occupied by Nazi Germany. As he did so, he had many opportunities to be welcomed by French nationals, who would proudly chant La Marseillaise. Those were glorious moments both for the Allied liberators and for the French people.

1000 ghostly figures march the streets of hamburg during the G20 summit

on july 5th 2017, 1000 figures covered in clay appeared on the streets of hamburg, germany – silently protesting on the occasion of the current G20 summit. through a two-hour long performance organized by the local collective 1000 GESTALTEN, the group sent out a powerful message that urged germany and the world to fight for a better humanity and solidarity in these difficult times.

Daesh (ISIS) fighters from France, USA, Canada, etc.

It should be noted and remembered that many of the Daesh members who fought in Mosul were not Iraqi people but foreigners attracted by Daesh propaganda. Many came from western countries including France but also, maybe to a lesser extent (?), from the USA and Canada. The fact that such a murderous group as Daesh was able to recruit in our respective countries say a lot about our flaws in our culture that were exploited by the terrorist group.

Corpses of Foreign ISIS Extremists Pile up in Mosul:

Mosul endgame in images

A devastating series of photographs from the Old City of Mosul published by the Associated Press on Friday lays bare the full horror of the battle to defeat the Islamic State for the ordinary people caught in its path.

Taken by photographer Felipe Dana, the images offer an up-close glimpse of the apocalyptic suffering being inflicted in the name of the war against terrorism, as well as the vast extent of the destruction being wrought.

Full series of images:

No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

‘Scarred and broken’: children escaping Isis in Mosul suffer waking nightmares

‘Scarred and broken’: children escaping Isis in Mosul suffer waking nightmares:

Experts report that the children are so affected by witnessing extreme violence that they have symptoms of “toxic stress” – a severe form of psychological trauma that can cause lifelong damage.

Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies

Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies:

BERLIN — Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal, racist or slanderous comments and posts within 24 hours under a law passed on Friday.

Battle of Mosul: what comes next?

I am following the last few days of battle is Mosul where there are only a few pockets of Daesh fighters left. The second largest city of Iraq is about to be fully liberated from Daesh.

I just wanted to share a few interesting recent videos that I found.

First, this excellent short video which explains why Mosul matters:

The following interview is interesting because, in light of the previous video, it provides some hope for the future of Iraq, as a peaceful, multi-cultural nation:

Political segregation

Still within the context of the Political Discourse project, and in support of the work currently being carried out by Bryce, I'd like to start this discussion thread to speak about a topic that has been in my mind for many months, if not years: political segregation, its roots and its many manifestations.

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