Tha Google agus Facebook gar dèanamh balbh

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I had a fun debate last night with one of my daughter’s friends. She’s 17 years old and already a professed centrist/liberal. It’s cool – I admire that she’s passionate about politics already. When I asked her what shows she watched to hear what was going on in the world, she said that it was pretty much Oprah and Jon Stewart… with some Anderson Cooper mixed in. I asked if she watched Bill O’Reilly or Fox News and a look of utter disgust came across her face. She noted that she hated Fox and would never watch it.

Bha an deasbad agam leatha sìmplidh… Ciamar a bha i a ’faighinn a-mach taobh eile na h-argamaid nam biodh a h-uile càil a rinn i a’ coimhead no a ’cluinntinn aon taobh? Simply put, she wasn’t. I asked her a ton of questions about politics… whether we had more troops overseas or less, whether the rich got richer over the past few years, whether more or less people were in prison, whether more or less people were on welfare, whether home ownership was up or down, whether the Middle East now saw us as a friend or still an enemy… she was frustrated because she couldn’t answer any of the questions.

I joked that she was simply a lemming (didn’t go over too well). By not exposing herself to other people’s ideology and opinions, she was robbing herself of the ability to make up her own mind. I don’t expect her to watch Fox and believe everything they say… she should listen and verify the information and come to her own conclusion. It’s absolutely okay to be a centrist or a liberal… but she should know that it’s also okay to be a conservative or libertarian. We should all respect one another.

Disclosure: I watch Bill O’Reilly and Fox News. I also watch CNN and BBC. I read NYT, WSJ and The Daily (when it’s working). I also like the Colbert Report and Jon Stewart once in a while. In all honesty, I gave up on MSNBC. I just don’t view it as news anymore.

It’s easy to have that debate when we talk about our choices and what we watch… but what about when we don’t have choices? Tha Google agus Facebook a ’goid oirnn of this and dumbing down the search and social interactions we get on the web. There’s not much I agree on with Eli Pariser de MoveOn… ach is e seo aon chòmhradh a dh ’fheumas tachairt (cliog troimhe airson a’ bhidio). Mar a tha mo dheagh charaid am Blog Bloke ag ràdh, tha Facebook gar dèanamh balbh.

When Facebook and Google own much of the information that is feeding our brains, should they be filtering it to a point where it actually could dumb us down? The popularity contest that drives search results and Facebook wall entries is just that… a popularity contest. Isn’t that the lowest common denominator of providing information? Shouldn’t we be developing algorithms that discover new and popular sites that provide us with insight rather than side with us?

5 Beachdan

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    Choimhead mi o chionn ghoirid (agus ghràdhaich mi!) A ’bhidio sin le Eli Pariser - cha b’ urrainn dhomh aontachadh tuilleadh leis a ’mheasadh aige. Tha pearsanachadh, ged a tha e fìor mhath ann an cuid de shuidheachaidhean, a ’lughdachadh sealladh an t-saoghail gu mòr. Tha an t-uallach air Facebook, Google agus feadhainn eile gus faicsinneachd agus smachd a thoirt dhuinn air mar a tha iad a ’dealbhadh ar toraidhean gus an urrainn dhuinn co-dhùnadh coimhead air rudan nach eil a-mhàin buntainneach, ach cudromach, mì-chofhurtail, agus eadar-dhealaichte bho na h-ùidhean againn fhèin.

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    Choimhead mi o chionn ghoirid (agus ghràdhaich mi!) A ’bhidio sin le Eli Pariser - cha b’ urrainn dhomh aontachadh tuilleadh leis a ’mheasadh aige. Tha pearsanachadh, ged a tha e fìor mhath ann an cuid de shuidheachaidhean, a ’lughdachadh sealladh an t-saoghail gu mòr. Tha an t-uallach air Facebook, Google agus feadhainn eile gus faicsinneachd agus smachd a thoirt dhuinn air mar a tha iad a ’dealbhadh ar toraidhean gus an urrainn dhuinn co-dhùnadh coimhead air rudan nach eil a-mhàin buntainneach, ach cudromach, mì-chofhurtail, agus eadar-dhealaichte bho na h-ùidhean againn fhèin.

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    Bidh sòisealachadh rannsachaidh gu bhith a ’crìonadh toraidhean rannsachaidh neo-eisimeileach agus neo-phàirteach, agus bàs bàis einnseanan sgrùdaidh san fharsaingeachd mura sguir iad a dhannsa gu juggernaut Facebook. Is e mearachd mòr a th ’ann a bhith a’ dèanamh na SERPS gu farpais mòr-chòrdte .. fear nach eil fios agam an urrainn dha Google faighinn air ais. Tha e air creideas a chall bho mo shealladh. Mo nàire.

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    is e dòigh air a dhol an aghaidh beachd google / facebook a bhith a ’glèidheadh ​​stòran eile taobh a-muigh sgrùdadh. cha bu chòir dhuinn a bhith an urra ri algorithms aon stòr (google / facebook) gus fiosrachadh a thaisbeanadh dhuinn; an àite sin bu chòir dhuinn ar comasan fhèin a chleachdadh gus goireasan fiosrachaidh a chomharrachadh. chan eil seo a ’ciallachadh gun a bhith a’ cleachdadh teicneòlas, tha e a ’ciallachadh a bhith ag àiteachadh cleachdadh lorg a bheir serendipity agus synchronicity.

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