Sunday, May 22, 2011

TED — Eli Pariser: Beware Online "Filter Bubbles" — Could We Be in Danger of a LACK of Information?


I agree! I always looked at customized searches as a good thing, but from that standpoint it isn't at all. It's really not too far from the Government controlling what we see, hear, talk about, etc. It sounds far fetched, but this is actual proof that even though the Web is vast and full of information, higher powers still have control over it and that could become a large potential problem in the future. Countries like China and Egypt have already proved that.  Like it was said on
Whoa…I knew about this but I guess didn’t realize it was as in depth as this.
I think this could be a lot deeper than it may appear. Where does it get deeper? Governments. Specifically ours. What are we to do when they start controlling what information comes to us. Of course many would argue that it would be in our best interest, but looking at it from a whole it's borderline socialism... no it IS socialism. I'm not one to get "political," however, I do take an interest in society's and my own well-being and this plays a big part in it. It's not only Google search results or the Facebook News Feed that is the problem. Large news sources online are in essence holding back information from users. The Internet is the place to get information and news now. Television, newspaper, magazines, etc. have all become secondary sources. I'm not even sure how much longer those will be around, I'd imagine they will be for some time, but could this trend of "filtering bubbles" get passed on to them? What about mail? See where this can go?

What do you think? Is this a real problem? Is the problem already here? Or is it only the tip of the iceberg? What are your thoughts on this issue of information filtering on the Web?

Original Link: Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

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