Skip to comments.Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
Posted on 05/14/2012 11:17:18 AM PDT by listenhillary
On "the filter bubble" and how it works
One of the things that's really interesting about the filter bubble is that it's invisible. You can't see how your Internet, the websites you visit, are different than what other people see. They are sort of slipping further and further apart.
A couple of years ago, when you Googled something, everyone would get the same result. Now, when I've done these experiments, you can really get these dramatically different results. One person Googles and sees a lot of news about protests and the other person gets travel agents talking about traveling to Egypt.
I'm basically trying to make visible this sort of membrane of personalized filters that surround us wherever we go online, and let's see what we see.
On why the "bubble's" silent nature is bad
It's one thing when you turn on MSNBC or Fox News. When you do that, you know what the editing rule is -- what kind of things you'd expect to see there and what kind of things you'd expect to be edited out. But with a Facebook news feed or Google News, you don't know who they think you are. You don't know what's been edited out. It can really distort your view of the world.
(Excerpt) Read more at articles.cnn.com ...
It’s written by someone who wants to do that kind of shaping himself. It may be easy to play “shoot the messenger”, but it’s hard to take it from a proverbial “boy who cried ‘Wolf’” . . . because it will still look like agenda-mongering on his own part.
There is nothing conservative to be found.
There is no historical data on any polictical subject.
The author would have you believe the “Internet” is hiding stuff from you. It’s like listening to only a couple friends for your truth dose when you only pull information from CNN and Google. There are many search engines available and multiple news sources to weigh and balance the information one obtains from the Internet. Sad thing is that many people only search via Google and their filters, which can also be altered by the user to some extent. And some people only listen to a couple of friends, and become twisted liberal fools in the process.
Not to worry. Just by following links you can usually get to where the truth is.
A more subtle “Overton Window?”
Erase your cookies..........
Another good reason for the existence of Free Republic...
Google and other search engines are selecting links based on what they think you will click on. From the Amazon page discussing the book.
Q: Is there any way to avoid this personalization? What if Im not logged into a site?
A: Even if youre not logged into Google, for example, an engineer told me there are 57 signals that the site uses to figure out who you are: whether youre on a Mac or PC or iPad, where youre located when youre Googling, etc. And in the near future, itll be possible to fingerprint unique devices, so that sites can tell which individual computer youre using. Thats why erasing your browser cookies is at best a partial solutionit only partially limits the information available to personalizers.
That was a book Glenn Beck wrote? I didn’t read it. Sorry.
With all the alternatives to this evil outfit that are available, why does anyone still "google" anything??
Because millions and millions of people have no clue?
Like how when you go to Yahoo! and type in “Rush Limbaugh” it will bring up five hit pieces from liberal blogs and place them higher in the results than the actual RushLimbaugh.com webpage?
For the same reasons that people use Windows.
When a company dominates a market, the sheeple feel that the company must bend to thier demands as it looks too much like work to go with an alternate product. And if their demands are not met, they want gubment action.
Here's a site with a bunch of search engines listed. (not related to me in anyway, just found it) http://www.thesearchenginelist.com/
how about google or iphones? they track where you are as a means of “knowing about you” for advertisers.
Spying on you phone surfing is far more invasive.
Lets all google “ tea party “ and see any differences between us.
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