Posts Tagged ‘information’

The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser has recently been published. This book is about how algorithms (computer rules) and not human beings are filtering what we each see on the Internet (including on FaceBook, Google, Yahoo). The rules depend on who we are, what kind of computer we are using, what links we usually click on, etc. I am interested in reading this book and expect to post again once I do.

There is an interesting TED Talk about the concept, in case you cannot get to the book right away.

And, you might be interested in Ten Ways to Pop Your Filter Bubble.

This book should be of interest to instructional designers since faculty often ask their students to search for information on the Internet. And, faculty expect that when students look up the same information in the same place that they will receive the same answers. Pariser shows that this is not the case. Liberal viewers tend to get more links to liberal sites; conservative viewers tend to get more links to conservative sites, and so on.


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Last Sunday I read a New York Times review of a book which I am very excited to read — The Information by James Gleick. I’ll post about this again (probably in a few months!) once I read it.  For now,  I want to bring it to your attention.

Gleick argues that

Information is more than just the contents of our overflowing libraries and Web servers. It is “the blood and the fuel, the vital principle” of the world. Human consciousness, society, life on earth, the cosmos — it’s bits all the way down.

A small blurb by the reviewer Geoffrey Nunberg in the Up Front section of the Sunday Book Review included a quote which was very apropos to my life.

Nunberg is skeptical of notions of “information overload,” but does admit to moments of tech-induced befuddlement. “I fancy myself a dab hand at Google, but it drives me crazy,” he said. “Information is like taxis in New York: it seems to be all over the place, and then you can never find it when you need it. [italics and bolding are mine, not the NYT] But the problem isn’t just the raw volume; we’ve collapsed all these channels and categories that used to be distinct, so that nothing is where it’s supposed to be.”

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