Social media and social contagion

I’ve been thinking anew about the neuroscience of social contagion of late. In the past, my interest had been framed by the witches and familiars of the Early Modern Era (Shakespeare’s England). More recently in the context of the authoritarian flu that seems to have afflicted many Westphalian nation states of late. Hence, of interest is Adrienne LaFrance’s new piece in The Atlantic. She has been writing quite a bit lately on Facebook and conspiracy theories. Here she views Facebook as a social doomsday machine.