How do we best bear witness to the coming week?

I’ll keep these tips short. They represent the distillation of everything I’ve learned about information friction and mindful digital engagement.

1. Don’t miss the point. Twitter forces you to pause between seeing and sharing; use that second or two to ask whether the story you’re about to share could, if it’s false, harm someone else. If you’re inclined to be especially charitable, if the story makes the other side look bad, then you are more likely to immediately share it. Pause for another second. Ask the same question. …

Marc Ambinder

Adjunct Prof., USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication; contributor at @theweek and @USAToday. Latest book: The Brink, about nuclear war.

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