Barack Obama, the former president of the U.S. stated that people are “cocooned in information” which boosts up their biases in an interview released on Wednesday. He was interviewed by Prince Harry on the BBC’s Today Program.
Obama outlined there were few TV news networks having common set of facts. However, internet disrupted that and people using social media are unable to listen to various views on complex issues.
“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” Obama said.
He opined social media should connect people rather than dividing them.
He added, “The question I think really has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a balkanization of our society, but rather continues to promote ways of finding common ground.”
People need to meet with each other in real life. Because people are not able to know the person they are speaking to on online platforms.
On the internet, everything has been simplified. But when users meet people in person, it presents a different reality. There may be some people who have diametrically opposite political views, but support same sports team. Users find common grounds though conversation in person than they might find through online chats.
Obama outlined the fact that it would be difficult to be as obnoxious and rude in person as people can become anonymously on the internet.