Mintal on Social Media as an Accurate Mirror of Society

November 29, 2019

As part of this year’s Internet Governance Forum (organized jointly by the United Nations and the German government in Berlin), a new anthology was presented by the editors, Matthias C. Kettemann and Stephan Dreyer, that clears up misconceptions about the impact and reality of the internet and summarizes what we really know about the online world.

The anthology busts the 50 most common internet myths. Our Fellow, Jozef Michal Mintal reflects on whether social media adequately reflects societal trends and public opinion.

The myth says: “As everyone is on social media these days, one can determine the overall attitudes of a population by looking at what people are posting and sharing online.” However, as Mintal argues, “there are at least two fundamentally wrong assumptions with regard to this myth.”