‘Likes’

Diana Senechal: “Popularity is not the same as quality. Proceed anyway?”

From 60 second ideas, The Forum, BBC World Service, 19 April 2014. ‘ Think before you ‘Like’ something’.

Writer and educator Diana Senechal suggests that whenever anyone clicks on a ‘Like” icon (on Facebook or elsewhere), a popup should appear that reads: “Popularity is not the same as quality. Proceed anyway?” The popup would cast doubt on an array of similar certainties and would help create a shyer, humbler, more inquisitive culture. Sooner or later, the number of “Likes” would go down but their meaning would rise. Over time, we would witness a renaissance of meaning on the internet and in our lives.

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