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The US security strategy falls short, but not for the reasons cited by Trump critics

Niall Ferguson
 

By Niall Ferguson (original source South China Morning Post)

“As 2017 draws to a close, the world has seldom been so binary. You love Donald Trump or you loathe him. You adore Brexit or abhor it. This polarisation has been fostered by giant online social networks and the phenomenon students of networks know as “homophily”: birds of a feather flock together.

Facebook encourages you to like or not like what you see in your news feed. Twitterallows you to retweet or like other people’s tweets or block users who offend your sensibilities. Pretty soon you are in a filter bubble with people who share your view of the world. The result is paradise not just for fake news but extreme views.”

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