We can manage political polarization in our society better.
Social media is transforming our global society in powerful ways. The perception of increased social density has created a crucible of conflict where social interactions happen at vastly accelerated pace and scale. Meanwhile, algorithms decide who we are likely to interact with, and when, and with what content.
The human brain did not evolve to cope with such a challenging social environment. Mental and emotional health seems to have become weakened, and researchers suggest that our empathy for those in an out-group is much weaker. The profound existential stresses brought force from these new social technologies, and their effect on our brains, is changing our culture, and contributing to polarization.
How should we react to these developments in order to ensure that the fabric of society remains strong? Do we need a ‘Digital Geneva Conventions’ or modern ‘Treaty of Westphalia’ for online memetic warfare? How might we mitigate the risk of imminent global outbreaks of sectarianism, or even cold civil war?
The Cultural Peace Agreement Principles aim to make and collect suggestions on how we can make fair, just, and impartial rules above conflict to preserve good faith and societal cohesion, and to help support a future détente between a multitude of memetic tribes.