I agree that blaming an algorithm is not a good idea, however there are plenty of idiots out there and I'm not just talking about their political views. I had to remove the majority of my own ass backwards family from my facebook because not only do they believe whatever they read, they also want to spread it around. The problem I think is that in the past these people didn't have a platform to stand on and yell from but, with the advent of social networks and the internet they can stand up and scream about what ever they want. From How the earth is flat to how much of a hoax vaccines and global warming are, so in the process they just rev up every other gullible person they know who also begins yelling the same things.
Most people are in the habit of truth checking instead of fact checking. I think a good portion of people are even confused about the difference between the truth and the facts. I actually had someone ask me one time "what makes your facts better than anyone else's facts" I mean really?
Honestly I think the best solution is to start teaching critical thinking in schools and start teaching it young.
Treatment of prisoners like this is all this is because we as a country have decided that Jail should be punishment and not rehabilitation. We would rather the convicted be made to suffer rather then learn from what they have done and learn how to actually be a productive member of our society.
This is beyond the question of whether Manning should/shouldn't be serving the time.
If I leave the back-door unlocked for my son who is working late, then by default I've weakened the security of my home. Why is that so easy to understand but software back-doors are completely incomprehensible for people?
I saw this yesterday, it's seriously appalling. I can't believe they can't think of a better way to deal with these kids then charge them with something meant to protect children from being exploited by adults.
As a mother, I would be seriously pissed off if I had to explain to my 5 year old what suicide is because some moron adult decided to breech the topic with them. I hope she sues the hell out of that school district. NO 5 YEAR OLD SHOULD EVEN KNOW WHAT SUICIDE IS!