I thought the Eli Pariser video on “Filter Bubbles“was very thought provoking. I never realized how all of these different search engines tailor the information that they feed to you based on what they think you want from previous information. Sometimes I get so frustrated when I am searching for something specific and the search engines take me to all of this nonsensical stuff that has nothing to do with what I am actually looking for. Now I understand that it is because of the filter bubbles. I don’t want to be boxed in or censored by what someone else thinks I want. I want the world at my fingertips! I want to discover things outside of my normal focal point. Isn’t that the point of having this vast world wide web available to us? Isn’t supposed to provide us with all the possibilites and not just the ones it thinks we want?
The most disturbing part of the video was that facebook essentially edited out his conservative friends from his feed because he was more active with his liberal friends. What we want to incorporate into our online database should be based on our own personal decisions, not decisions made by technology that has interpreted what my likes and dislikes should be. I do not want to be controlled or restricted based on data compiled from prior inquiries that may have nothing to do with my current needs. No one should decide who I am and what I want but me! I will leave you with one final thought, the following is a quote by Eli Pariser that we should all consider the implications of carefully, “Your filter bubble is your own personal, unique universe of information that you live in online. What’s in your filter bubble depends on who you are, and it depends on what you do. But you don’t decide what gets in — and more importantly, you don’t see what gets edited out.” (Eli Pariser) Do you want to allow someone else to decide for you, or do you want to control your own destiny?
“Filter Bubbles” are everywhere. Everywhere from Facebook to Google to Yahoo News to Netflix. If two people were to do the same exact search on Google, very different things would come up. This is because it now depends on who you are, where you are, what browser you are using. Many things affect what would come up for your search. Facebook, the more you click on someone’s links or view their profile, the more they will show up, but those who you don’t click on as often, will not show up.
Eli Pariser makes an excellent point in the video Beware Online Filters. The people running the internet should not have the say in what gets filtered out. Those using the internet should be the ones in charge of what is seen and what is not. They should not be running our lives. We should take control of our own lives and be the ones to choose what is important to us.
What is important to me may not be important to the next person, so in a way the people controlling the internet were trying to do something good, but why is it up to them to decide what each person is to see? What makes them so important? It’s not even just on the internet. For example Netflix does the same thing. Depending on what was recently watched, influences what shows up in the search engine. I want to see all the movies available. Not just the ones having to do with what was recently watched.
LET US BE IN CHARGE OF WHAT GETS FILTERED! I would like to get others opinion. Maybe I’m wrong. Who knows? Let’s see what others think!
Ah the Facebook and twitter debate. When Facebook became popular I instantly refused to make one, just like I did with twitter. Against my wishes, my friends made me a Facebook. I acted like I was pissed but I was actually quite ecstatic. The more I played around with it the more I fell in love with it, well not really in love, but it was an excellent way to stalk people. I suppose it’s also an excellent way to stay in contact with friends and family who are far away, and even for those who aren’t so far. It allows you to feel connected and like you’re integrated into their life. I still use Facebook, but not that often, I find it unnecessary to constantly change my status about what I’m doing or where I’m going, that type of thing is meant more for twitter. I feel as though Facebook is something that’s more personal, you use it to write to people, to show people what’s going on in your life. Twitter seems to be more impersonal in a sort of sense. Yes you tell people where you’re going or what you’re doing or what’s on your mind, but you’re not really connecting. At least that’s the way it seems o me. You’re sharing information with people but you’re not developing any closer sort of bond. I’m completely new to twitter so I’m clearly not familiar with it nor do I really know what I’m doing, but I can already see extreme differences between them. Twitter is exact and to the point, your message is concise. Its fast it’s efficient it’s a way to stay updated with a variety of things all at once. You can see information about comedians, the news, actresses, artists, educators, your friends, the list is endless. Facebook is more about connecting and I view twitter as more of a place to become informed.
I think Bolter put it best when he wrote “With any technique of writing on stone or clay, on papyrus or paper, and on the computer screen the writer may come to regard the mind itself as a writing space.” When you think about writing in these terms the reality is that no matter how much technology we invent to change the structure of how we create, we still create within our own minds. With technology we have the world at our fingertips. What we choose to do with the endless supply of information is completely up to each person individually.
Personally, I am not someone who enjoys to sit and read. Maybe it’s because I have to read for school or maybe because my life is so busy I can’t seem to find the time. Whatever the case may be, I don’t see why there is so much controvery over printed books vs. electronic books. My mother is an avid reader who typically reads a book in a day or two. Being an older person who is not very technologically saavy I did not know how she would receive my gift to her of a Kindle. She has taken on the challenge and really enjoys the diversity of this technology. The most difficult thing for someone who reads as much as my mom is keeping track of what you have already read. The great part about the Kindle is that it allows her to check a databank of books she has read so that she does not duplicate. She used to run around the book store with a giant handwritten list of books to compare her purchases to.
It’s always going to come down to personal preference and the ability to step outside your comfort zone and embrace the changing world we live in. Creative writers are not changing the overall writing process. The thoughts and ideas are still coming from our minds. It is the method we use to take the information from our minds and committ them to the written word that will be forever evolving. We can accept these changes and find ways to incorporate them into our creative process to make us more productive writers or we can refuse the changes and ignore the changing world around us. The choice is ours!