Social Media Is Changing Our World More Than We Realize

“Thanks to the internet, now each person with once-maligned views can see that he’s not alone. And when these people find one another, they can do things — create memes, publications and entire online worlds that bolster their worldview and then break into the mainstream.”

All the buzz about fake news stories and social media’s role in the election of Donald Trump may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact social media is about to have on the world.

As Farhad Manjoo explains in this New York Times column, social networks are rewiring human society and undoing institutions like the mainstream media and politics in the process.