I wrote the unthinkable (but true) take for the new issue of Document Journal. Read the piece online alongside a beautiful series of photographs by Bobby Doherty. *** I’ve spent the last year exploring “extremely online nutrition”: lifting weights, eating raw eggs, and sunning my balls to better understand how social media has fragmented consensus reality. Cultural divisions now seem deeper than ever, and society no longer agrees on the basic principles of political freedom or even empirical science. From conflicting narratives around the COVID pandemic, to overturned “conspiracies” like the Hunter Biden laptop, to the pure disinformation surrounding election theft and coordinated voter fraud, one begins to wonder: Has the internet destroyed truth?
This article almost makes it sound like the direct to consumer nutrition analysts are net worse than their prior alternatives, Journalists. But this is just not true. And if anything, I also think that it‘s good that the voice of truth has decentralized. Science is messy and for any non-geek not deeply involved in a specific field, to make a truthful statement that isn‘t at the same time a wide generalization of narrow findings is extremely rare. I‘m not mislead by people eating butter and egg. In fact, I‘m grateful for someone being brave enough for defending that side. Life is diverse, and so is today‘s media landscape.