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Information and the internet

In this video Wander Jager explains that in modern networks information is spreading fast
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WANDER JAGER: Besides norms, people also share information through networks. And instead of clay tablets, today we have the internet connecting the world and building an unimaginably large library of information. The spreading of information works differently than conforming to norms. People can learn from exchanging information with other people. However, not all information is accepted. People may disagree about information, and even get into conflict and break links, in particular, concerning political and religious ideas. For example, there are strong opposing views on how to deal with a virus outbreak, which may give rise to polarisation and protest. In the next exercise, we will explore the diffusion of information on a network.

In this video Wander Jager reflects on how information spreads in modern networks where in particular the internet plays a large role, and how this sometimes gives rise to clusters of opposing opinions.

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