Internet Contributes to Polarization

Does this count as “ironic”?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8ofWFx525s&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3]

Personally, I found Facebook unusably irritating until I discovered the “Most Recent” feature which turns off its purported helpfulness and just provides you with a temporal sequence of everything you asked for.

Yes, this is relevant. We do this filtering to ourselves. Our web services are only too happy to oblige.

Comments:

  1. People want to have their preconceptions validated. The internet is a great place for that because regardless of how peculiar your notion, there is a website that will confirm it for you. I suspect that if Google starts injecting contrary viewpoints, and Bing prioritizes results based on what you and your facebook friends have "liked" (which they do), then people will reject Google and favour Bing.I agree that this is bad. The only answer would be a search engine that favours truth. Would such a thing even be possible?


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