Finally — and on a sadder note — the May election in Australia was marred by a false campaign claiming that the Labor Party planned to institute an inheritance tax. Facebook didn’t delete the disinformation; it just placed it lower in people’s feeds, as is its policy in this situation. This has prompted another round of fury from Australian media over what Facebook should do with misinformation like this.
In wrestling, the lines between reality and fiction are never fully resolved — they feed off of each other endlessly. Real-life events are incorporated into stories, which then warp real life. Every day, the same thing is happening across our social media feeds – amplified and accelerated by the algorithms that make them individual actors in human history. And while it may be entertaining, it’s terrifying to live in a world governed by the same logic as WWE.