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TED: Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

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Comment by William Warren IV on May 24, 2011 at 8:26am

Would it better to be in a world of underexposure, and surround yourself with just what you want, instead of what you need? Honestly it was a very interesting topic; how programmers can program certain algorithms to meet a person’s needs by the certain things they keep revisiting. I think this is sort of a wrong way to go about things because it leaves a gap between ‘you’ and ‘everything else’. In this “filter bubble” you have things that you have allowed to surround yourself.


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Comment by Cassie Wright on May 24, 2011 at 8:24am
I never really thought about what the internet might be capable of, but I never would have guessed that it was siphoning down all the sites available to us, and giving us a stream of information similar to the first things we check into. I don't like that it's capable of happening, if you were interested in something that you usually wouldn't care about, and went to check it out, you could type it in, and get a string of information that could be irrelevant to what you were looking at. When the "TED Talk" showed the difference between two people pulling up information about Egypt, there was a vast difference between the information given to the gentlemen. It makes you wonder why it is that this happens. How it could be possibly be of use to the people around the world. Yet how is it that they are capable of doing this? With the many people in the world, and with access to the internet, it seems strange they can manipulate the website information we process, so that its all more closely intertwined with the things we most regularly check into. I for one would be willing to hear more about this, and see what is going to happen in the long run.
Comment by Kherev Isreal Reeve on May 24, 2011 at 8:23am

I did not know that the internet filters your information you receive every time you search. Now that I know it is happening it is I agree with the statement the speaker Eli Pariser made about how we have to change the information that is given to us through the internet and give a perspective view instead of what some one wants at that time. This type of information blocking limits our ability to grow and change our views with the current information distribution it becomes impossible. The internet also allows any information with even one word the same as your search to pop up which makes it very hard to use the internet for any educational needs but I believe this also needs to change.  The internet could in the future be our greatest asset or our greatest downfall and I hope we can change it before it becomes our downfall.

Comment by Johnna Miller on May 24, 2011 at 8:20am

I have noticed this "filter bubble", when I'm browsing the internet. Personally I do not like it. It limits me on what I search, and maybe I want something different from what I normally would search once in a while. I don't think I should be exposed to everything, because I know I'm not mature enough to handle everything. I get what the “filter bubble” is trying to do. It’s trying to give you more information on your interesting. But something different to know or learn about would be nice.

Comment by Kristen Miller on May 24, 2011 at 8:16am

This was a really cool TED talk. I didn't know that by searching certain things on the internet I was creating a "Filter bubble" for myself. This video really made me question what I'm not seeing on the internet. It makes me feel like I'm missing something that could be important or interesting, I don't want to be exposed to everything on the internet, but I don't want to miss things that could benefit me.

Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 24, 2011 at 8:16am

Something that I asked myself when I was watching this TED talk was how is it possible that the internet can control what we are exposed to, Then I got to thinking, maybe it is possible because no matter where you looks there is at least one person with some type of electronic this is connected to the internet in some way. Personally what I think is the internet is the government’s way to keep the people in check, that’s harsh to say, but it’s the way how it controls what people are exposed to considering that there is plenty of things that we are not allowed to see.  

Comment by Jeffrey David DeWilde on May 24, 2011 at 8:15am
The ted talk was good because it talked about the modern day web. One of the things it said was that the web is not giving us what we want but it is giving us what it thinks is relevant. One thing i learned was that the web looks at what you like most and filters that to you.
Comment by Asjia Saunders on May 24, 2011 at 8:13am
I really related to this podcast because facebook has deleted some of my friends. I know now why it did that if you click on links a few times the web site remembers and alters your search when you come back to it its called filter bubbles. It said that the filer bubbles are different for other people. Also you can deside what in the filter bubble.
Comment by Jason Matthew Scroggins on May 24, 2011 at 8:13am

I didn't really get what they were talkin about, I understand that google and more and more websites are Individually filtering your searches weather you like it or not, but I don't really understand why or how, or what the problem with that is.


Comment by Emily LaLonde on May 24, 2011 at 8:12am

The TED talk today was very good. It was about how the internet filters out what we search. It changes for everyone. If you look up Egypt and your friend also looks up Egypt you will get completely different results. Everyone is in its own personal bubble when it comes to the internet. It only gives you things that it thinks you want to see. It doesn't give you a different person’s opinion. If we where to able to break open this bubble that each of us is in, our internet searches and our complete way of getting information will change.


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