Is the World Wide Web Becoming a Filtered Web?

There is no doubt that the internet is quickly progressing and changing. One of the changes that has been made is the way information is filtered. In Writing for Digital Media class we watched “TED Talk by Eli Pariser: Beware online ‘filter bubbles’” and responded to it. It was great to watch a speech given with a strong point of view and some strong graphics to go with what he was talking about. 

I agree with what he was saying to a certain extent. I definitely think it’s important that the internet is able to inform us on what is going on throughout the world, both the good and the bad. In the his speech Eli made a strong point knowing is a a good part of being able to contribute to society. Furthermore, when people share knowledge of things that are occurring locally and globally, conversation is advanced. So let’s pop the ‘filter bubble’ by being more thorough in our searches and finding substantial news along with other information of significant importance.

I was surprised to find out that Google shows different results for each person. On the other hand, If we make a search specific, then we will be able to find anything. The internet does not block us from information. The information is out there; it is just not as easy to find it in as short of a time.

In the case of Facebook, I think it is convenient to have filters because it helps you to narrow down what you want to see. Eli said that his conservative friends were no longer coming up on his news feed, but the simple solution would be to just make a list of conservative friends so that they are only a click away.

Here is the video if you are interested watching it.

Ultimately, I think it is more important to focus on any real life bubble that may exist in our life. Sometimes it can be difficult to get out of when you live on a college campus (especially the Southeastern University resort that is fenced in from all the drugs, homelessness, and brokenness of Lakeland, FL). We hear about the needs of our community a lot but until we actually get out on the streets where the violence takes place and work to make a change, then we remain in our own little bubble.

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