Filter Bubbles in Action

May 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Smartness over on Modern Primate:

For the third day in a row, Facebook’s stock prices have taken a steep fall, down another 7% from yesterday. But if you only get your news via social networks and other social-friendly content platforms, you might not have heard the news.

Don’t get me wrong, the social web is great for a lot of things. Many of the people in my network enjoy a similar sense of humor as I do, so when they recommend a piece of content that they enjoy, there’s a fair chance that I might enjoy it too.

But what about the bad news? People aren’t always so inclined to share the bad news. In order to find out the big picture, one must take the initiative to actively search for it. To live one’s entire online life inside Facebook or an equivalent social network is to only get a piece of the whole picture.

Full article here!

Also, a programming note: I’ll be in Arizona for the next few days for the International Communications Association conference. Posting may slow down as a result, or may not, depending on my internet situation. Also level of interest. I will post my paper, “Cats and Penises All the Way Down: Performances of Gender and Sexuality” once I’ve given the talk. Academia!

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