It’s no longer the town square it once was.
An egalitarian gathering place for ideas and people, where one person has one voice.
There are now hidden structures that influence the flow of information online.
Factions are groups that organize on the social internet around a common interest, background, or opinion, and possessing a distinct culture.
Misunderstanding these new mechanics makes it hard to discern what’s most significant.
How stories, memes, hashtags travel from their creator, to the algorithm, and then to you.