I was recently a guest on a Messiah College web show called “Breaks.” (The show will drop in a couple of weeks). The topic was technology and politics. One of the things we discussed on the program was how we tend to only “follow” and “friend” people on social media who share our political convictions. I argued that such political silos are not good for our democracy since they are not conducive to understanding those with whom we differ.
I thought about my appearance on this show when I read my friend Scott Huelin’s proposed social experiment for Facebook users.
Here it is:
Go to Donald Trump’s page and see how many friends like it, go to Hillary Clinton’s page and see how many friends like it, and then go to Gary Johnson’s page and see how many friends like it. Then, copy and share.
I decided to play along. (I also added Jill Stein and Evan McMullin to my list). The results:
Hillary Clinton: 44
Gary Johnson: 25
Donald Trump: 20
Jill Stein: 9
Evan McMullin: 9
How politically diverse is your Facebook feed?