But there’s a problem. Ever since I’ve started using [memeorandum] to the point where it replaces many of my other sources, I have gotten stupider.
… This is a well-known phenomenon in psych and econ – I’ve been locking myself into a diet of reinforcing information. Nothing really challenges my beliefs, and so I get hyperpolarized, or echo-chambered, sure – but the deeper effect is that I also get stupid, fast.
Part of the reason is that all the attention markets, reconstructors, etc push all the same stuff to the top – they all converge to the same equilbirum. Paradoxically, it’s an environment of incredible diversity, but incredible sameness at the same time.
Umair Haque on memeorandum