On today’s show: two dispatches from inside the medical community and Silicon valley, respectively.
First we’re joined by Justin Rosenstein, the man who led the team behind the Facebook like button. Now the co-founder of Asana, he breaks down the influence that social media has had on society in this critical time. Rosenstein serves as the whistleblower against Facebook on Netflix’s recent documentary hit “The Social Dilemma”. Today he talks about how social media platforms have handled the 2020 election vs. the 2016 election (3:20), why big tech companies have ignored the negative effects social media might have on society (10:23), the human price of today’s economic system (17:38), and his vision for the deep structural changes ahead (30:27).
Then, on the back end, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, joins us for the fourth time to update us on the latest uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the United States. Dr. Jha talks about the politicization of the pandemic (40:33), the psychological toll the pandemic is taking on healthcare workers (45:15), his thoughts on how the president has dismissed the severity of the virus (51:10) and a realistic timeline of finding a cure (54:54).
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- Plus Brown Public Health.
- For more on Justin, his personal website.
- You can see him in the new film, The Social Dilemma, now on Netflix.
Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.
Music by: Dylan Peck