Fratelli Tutti 45: Three Factors

Pope Francis lists three drawbacks to social media. First, that anonymous speech can embolden fringe opinions. There is no fear of a loss of respect, especially among the 1%:

45. This has now given free rein to ideologies. Things that until a few years ago could not be said by anyone without risking the loss of universal respect can now be said with impunity, and in the crudest of terms, even by some political figures.

Also, the 1% exercise their power and domination over others:

Nor should we forget that “there are huge economic interests operating in the digital world, capable of exercising forms of control as subtle as they are invasive, creating mechanisms for the manipulation of consciences and of the democratic process.

And lastly, the cultivation of weakness:

The way many platforms work often ends up favoring encounter between persons who think alike, shielding them from debate. These closed circuits facilitate the spread of fake news and false information, fomenting prejudice and hate”.[Christus Vivit 89]

Prejudice and hate are signs of personal and ideological weakness. The lack of engagement with those who disagree blunts the intellect and prevents even a good argument from getting needed refinement.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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