In his keynote at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities 2012 (#blc12), Eli Pariser describes how algorith-driven filter bubbles created by the likes of Google and Facebook distort our perception of the truth (or at least the facts), lead to information obesity and shift control of the information source from us to the provider. In their increasingly successful efforts to personalize the web, Google, Facebook and the like are shutting us off from the robust discussion among opposing voices that a healthy democracy requires. What’s good for consumerism is not necessarily good for citizenship, Pariser says.
(Pariser’s book, The Filter Bubble What the Internet is Hiding From You, is a great read–thanks for the push @ewanmcintosh @tombarrett–and his website of the same name is worth checkin in on regularly.)
On my flight home from BLC 12, I was thinking over my choice of information sources in light of Pariser’s comments. Twitter, I believe, is algorithm-free. It let’s me choose who and what we see, trim my information and so, I think, avoid the filter bubble distortion.
QQ: Does this make Twitter an (even more) valuable tool in education? for citizenship? for democracy?