But if humans created this acoustic world on social media, isn’t it possible for us to refine the platform, so that information is sequential? We see how people leave Facebook and Twitter for the reasons you’re describing. So maybe we haven’t figured out how to corral the data yet. Information used to be houses in libraries — somber, serious places, suitable for contemplation and slow learning. Maybe we need to cultivate something similar online. A place available to the public, but maintained with a sense of order.

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