Algorithms as Gatekeepers: Filter Bubbles
This is a very eye-opening talk by Eli Pariser (who I don’t know anything about other than he gave this talk) on what he calls “filter bubbles.” It’s what happens as more and more sites try to tailor what content is delivered to any given user and is based on what they’ve clicked on, put as status updates and the like. The result is that from Google to Facebook to Yahoo! News, we’re fed information that we already agree with (or that the sites think we agree with) and we encounter dissenting opinions and ideas less and less.
It’s a relatively short talk and worth the time.
How does this affect people’s perceptions of religion, politics, and current events? How is it shaping our worldviews?