By 2026, Jeff Bezos is set to become the first “trillionaire” on earth. According to Comparisun, Bezos’ wealth is on the verge of increasing by so much that he’ll pretty much be leapfrogging the other contenders of the ‘soon-to-be-trillionaire club’ quickly. Putting that into perspective, Bezos is now 36% richer than the British monarchy andContinue reading “A Pandemic Perspective: Should Billionaires Exist?”
Social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) have faced mounting pressure to better their efforts in combating misinformation, particularly after the US 2020 presidential elections. At the end of January this year, Twitter introduced its Birdwatch program to users in the US. The community-backed program is meant to tackle misinformation on the platform by lettingContinue reading “Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media”
Myanmar’s military has overturned the results of the country’s last year democratic elections as current leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to hold on to the position of power. The military who seized that power last Monday, has now urged Myanmar’s masses who have set off in nation-wide protests not to “destroy democracy” followingContinue reading “Myanmar’s Military Launches a Coup-d’etat but Warns Citizens not to “Destroy Democracy””
We’ve heard world leaders, scientists, and health care officials tell us about the prospect of having a “normal” life once we’ve taken all the right steps to contain COVID-19. Dubbed as “the greatest vaccine effort in history”, vaccine programs have started to be implemented in various parts of the world. The question we’re all thinkingContinue reading “When will life return back to “normal”?”
What I love about Twitter the most is just the sheer speed of how information and content is being shared and how fast you can follow a trend. Depending on who you follow of course, the content you get is catered to you in various ways (that’s just how algorithms work). Sadly, with every positive side of things, there are always a few negatives. Weirdly enough, because information and content is shared so quickly, Twitter to me is a good mix of being both the best and the worst place on the internet and here’s a short rant on why I think so.
As if the fact that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic isn’t enough – this weird rebellious nature of not wearing a piece of cloth should be the last thing we have to worry about.
Instead of working together to create a worldwide strategy, a significant number of nations are already taking the “our nation first” path in having a potential cure to COVID-19. Here’s why vaccine nationalism calls for concern, and why it might mean a longer wait for an end to the virus (sigh).
If you’ve been actively surfing social media and keeping tabs on the latest happenings from these past couple of months, we can both probably agree that 2020 has been an “eventful” year to say the very least. That being said, keeping up with the latest happenings gets super exhausting after a while. In this year alone, we pretty much went from rampant bush fires, the possibility of an all-out war, riots, a global pandemic, even more lies in politics (never a surprise), and even the apparent rise of institutional racism. The world is practically falling apart as we know it, but here’s a short piece on staying sane in the craziest of times.
If you’re in a family Whatsapp group chat, there’s a big chance that you’ve come across some of the weirdest and wackiest pieces of content to have ever been made. In other words, fake news (or to keep it simple, hoax). The word “hoax” itself is so ingrained within Indonesian social media that it’s pretty much become a buzzword that’s commented on any given post that presents some sort of statistic or claim. At the height of the pandemic and in the midst of self-quarantine, I asked my friends to send me some of the most absurd fake news messages they got in regards to COVID-19. I wanted to know more about what the World Health Organisation describes as an ongoing fight against an “infodemic” of fake news and misinformation. So here’s my brief look into the weird and dangerous world of misinformation during the pandemic.
It was at the last year of high school where I realised my true talent was, and probably still is: “bullshitting” or “a whole lot of bla bla”. No joke. Growing up with a Dad who did cold calling sales, what else did I expect?
The whole intention of Abstract Column isn’t just to have “an abstract column” that shows “random bits of information” here and there.