in Democracy, Politics, Social Media, Technology

Filter bubbles

This talk by Eli Pariser reminds me of discussions with David Weinberger about online echo chambers. I recall that this came up as social technology became part of the political process in ~2004. I’ve been concerned that the polarization we’re seeing in the U.S. and elsewhere is exacerbated if not caused by our tendency to pay all of our attention where we agree, and none of it where we’re challenged by opposing or new ideas.

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  1. Patricia: I think the point is that information is always filtered before it reaches you. One strategy could be to have many sources of information so that you’re not always filtered the same way.