Social Media, Our Very Favorite Cesspool

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By Ketrin Agustine

Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and


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In just one week, more than 100 million people have signed up for Meta’s new Threads app.

On “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts ask why so many people are joining, given how much we love to hate on social media, and whether “social” media is even social anymore.

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

Illustration by The New York Times; photograph by SOPA Images/Getty

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Has Disconnected Citizens and Undermined Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan

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“Matter of Opinion” is produced by Sophia Alvarez Boyd, Derek Arthur and Phoebe Lett. It was edited by Stephanie Joyce. Mixing by Carole Sabouraud. Original music by Isaac Jones, Efim Shapiro, Carole Sabouraud, Sonia Herrero and Pat McCusker. Our fact-checking team is Kate Sinclair, Mary Marge Locker and Michelle Harris. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski. Our executive producer is Annie-Rose Strasser.

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