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Announcements Blog 5: Algorithms

Living in a Bubble: The True Cost of Customization and Convenience

Another stimulating Net Mirror discussion unfolded this past week on the problem of filter bubbles and “web-based customization”. We considered the ubiquitous power of algorithms and the resulting persuasion architecture(s) that shape our perspectives of the world at large. Thanks to Nives for an excellent presentation covering Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble. We quickly confronted […]

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Looking Into / Out of Filter Bubbles

For tonight’s class we are looking at how filter bubbles affect, maybe even influence us, in ways that are not directly visible. And we tie that into questions of how this drives the ad-clicking dystopia described by Zeynep Tufecki, Here is a summary of activities we will introduce and do in class. Please tweet / […]

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Blog 4: Filter Bubbles Miscellaneous

Bursting Our Bubble: Gaining Our Attention in the Digital World

I do not like oatmeal, but I like The Oatmeal Comic, especially the comic titled “You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you.” Here is the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_aTN3yKOkY. (It caught my attention.) First, the cartoonist presents scientific information in a non-threatening, nonscientific way by using the form of a comic. The cartoonist starts by […]

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Blog 4: Filter Bubbles

Filter Bubbles: Tune in or out, its your choice

History is always bound to repeat itself … History is always bound to repeat itself… History is always bound to repeat itself … History is always bound to repeat itself… History is always bound to repeat itself … History is always bound to repeat itself… When reading this article, this statement of History is always […]

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The User is the Content

This week, the reading and the video that we are focusing on this week has an enormous amount of relevance in our current culture.  The reading “Users in Content” explains how there is now so many other ways to produce and consume news content then the out dated model of a newspaper or a newspaper […]

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My Reaction Paper: The Filter Bubble.

The Filter Bubble The first time I realized I was inside the filter bubble was about one year ago while I was browsing the web. I was on a Google search engine when a random ad popped up advertising Steve Madden shoes. Hmm? I wondered why because I currently wasn’t shoe shopping online, but I […]

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Blog 4: Filter Bubbles

Filter Bubble Response

Eli Pariser touches on and tries to analyze a very interesting modern issue, which is the shift of news from newspapers to the internet. His idea that the user is the content today is phenomenal, but I detest how he overlooks the idea of information quality and how it limits most people from becoming the […]

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Blog 4: Filter Bubbles Miscellaneous

Apologies to Kermit: Getting Unknowingly Cooked in the Filter Bubble

This video is a popular analogy to being anesthetized due to external influences to the point where we lose oxygen or in Froggie’s case, become dinner (not for me). My condolences to Kermit, you are still my #1. It shows us that we need to pay attention. We cannot be passive consumers of media or […]

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A Response to “The Filter Bubble”

I try not to find myself becoming nervous or cynical towards the future but then, apropos a reading like this as well as the Ted Talk video, it takes a bit more work to remain positive. If anything, I think the importance of a topic like a “filter bubble” is to keep us grounded. In […]

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Announcements Blog 4: Filter Bubbles

Seeing Ourselves and Filtering

Thanks to Medea, we had a fun (funny) and engaging tour of self-representation in the digital age, stopping to consider #selfie culture, filters, and presentation of the self in everyday digitally-facilitated life. Selfie Culture We spoke together about how selfies may capture the essence of vanity and commercialism, but how selfies may also be vehicles […]