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Is Trending ethical?

by Mountain Computers Inc., Publication Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Is 'Trending' ethical?

January 28, 2016

Over the past few years, the term trending has come to mean everyone is looking or talking about  something.


Can that be manipulated for an entity's own motivation?


I believe it can.


What if I possessed the ability to control the top right corner of any web page and in that corner the caption said "Trending" and a bunch of words, phrases, videos or pictures were there linked to content.


Would that draw the attention of the viewer to be distracted enough stop what they are reading and change gears and go look at what appealed to them right at this moment in place of and rather than the article they were just interested in - which may have been a trending item as well?


How distracted can "Trending" be to our society?


Can "Trending" increase ADHD or other forms of attention dysfunction?


I just wonder.


My 2ยข for today.




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