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The Good Intentions Fallacy Is Making Diatribes The Rule On Social Media

The good intentions fallacy, also known as the righteousness fallacy, was coined by Milton Friedman and is the idea that one is automatically correct just because their intentions are pure. The problem with the good intentions fallacy is that, well, the pureness of intentions is of course subjective.
Every single day on social media presents a new opportunity for different parties to offer polar opinions on anything from serious topics like racial justice and gender equality to more light-hearted ones like sports, music, or what color a dress is. As with every argument, every party believes their view holds more weight and should hence be adopted by the rebutting party.
The problem with social media arguments becomes that, although trying to convert the rebutting party is common in all arguments, because of the filter bubble which is a side effect of the way social media algorithms operate, the arguing parties become so polarized that instead of each party trying to listen to reason, th…

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