Confirmation bias in social media

How social media taught us to stop listening and forget how to lose

For followers of William Miller, dawn of 22 October 1844 was a real letdown. Hundreds of thousands of them were convinced they had a date with Jesus Christ. They huddled together in homes and fields in anticipation of the second coming. But the saviour stood them up. Miller was a New England preacher who had applied what he thought were rational principles to scriptural prophecies and deduced the year of rapture. The exact date was pinpointed by an acolyte called Samuel Snow: incorrectly, it is now safe to say. That autumn day came to be known as the “Great Disappointment” to Millerites. Many abandoned the faith. But many others intensified their belief. ….[READ]


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