Free Daily Reads 2022: Article 25

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Article Title: Car ownership must become a relic of the past


Article Summary

This article talks about how our old generation is driving the young from social media especially from Facebook. The article talks about the report, by analysts at Kantar Media for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, which says that, following investigations such as those in this newspaper, young people feel Facebook is polluted with “fake news”, dodgy algorithms and assaults on democracy, leading them to prefer the likes of WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook). All valid points – many older people distrust Facebook for the same reasons. Indeed, for youngsters, the mere presence of old people seems to be enough to turn Facebook into a social media wasteland.

Not approving of this behaviour by youngsters, the author mentions that if the serious issues with Facebook have driven youth away, then that’s understandable. If it’s simple brand fatigue regarding the ageing Facebook concept, then fair enough. But trashing old people is uncool.

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Words to learn from this Article:

Yoof: non-standard spelling of youth

Haze: a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles.

Sociopathic: a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.

Fatigue: extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.

Psychedelic: relating to or denoting drugs (especially LSD) that produce hallucinations and apparent expansion of consciousness.


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