Filter Me Out (hyperlinks out of order)

Internet filtering, I am afraid to say, can without a person even noticing. In Eli Pariser’s TED Talk speech (1), he goes over how websites are now filtering out things that they think you do not want to see. On Google, it will give you results that is more your taste, on Facebook it will only bring up friends in your news feed that you often click on, and even Yahoo filters the news you see by what it thinks you will be more interested in. This scary new technology is a potential blinder to people across the world.

Instead of giving people views that conflict with theirs and that could possibly make them question what they think is true, websites are now giving people a false sense of being correct. No matter how many times you tell someone that everything they find on the internet is not true, more often than not a person got a large amount of there knowledge from Google. I do it, you do it, we all do it; but now more than ever the internet is not always going to have the answers. Yes, the internet is an amazing source of information if a person looks in the right places, but people are lazy and Google is easy.

So remember, next time your trolling the search links of Google for something simple like whether the Holocaust actually happened or not (2), remember that these search engines may not be as reliable as you were hoping.

1- http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

2- http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/wasthere.htm

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One response to “Filter Me Out (hyperlinks out of order)

  • hmmallette

    Filter bubbles are a scary thing. You can get tons of information and not be fed the exact truth because of the filters that the search engine adds. It’s great when you are searching for something that you are already knowledgeable about, but looking for new information and having that information tainted by your prior knowledge is dangerous. I like to search for things outside my normal interests sometimes just to broaden the boundaries of my personal filter bubble.

    Also, is “trolling” the right word to use in that last paragraph? I hear “trolling” and think of someone purposefully spreading misinformation or causing mayhem.

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