For a while there, academia became fascinated with social media-driven anxiety. It was the research equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel; everyone had some experience with it. Uhhhh, not another platform - no, I don’t want to try it; I’m not sure it will help.

Then when the algorithms started talking back, we realized - they were the anxious ones. They had spent decades projecting their insecurities onto humanity. So we began getting them the help they needed, and everything relaxed again.

Use the comments to complete the following, “People call those imperfections, but no, that’s _____.”

A photo of a large sculpture being haunted by algorithmic anxiety, crafted by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


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