My piece for Thai Enquirer:
“Nothing is so firmly believed,” the skeptic Michel de Montaigne once wrote, “as that which we least know.”
A fitting corollary to be added could be that nothing is so confidently tweeted as that which we least understand.
It is the nature of social media that we create our own bubbles of information. We follow like-minded people who write things we generally agree with, while algorithms filter in posts that align with our own beliefs. Even venturing out of our own timelines is no guarantee that we have left our silos; the odds are that popular hashtags are driven by people of broadly similar demographics and views.