Twitter, algorithms, and digital dystopias

Doug Belshaw, Sept 07, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So what happened after people exchanged their RSS readers for services like Twitter and Facebook? "What’s so problematic about all of this, of course, is that whereas we used to be in charge of our own reading habits, we’ve outsourced that to algorithms. That means software with shareholders is dictating our information environment." A bunch of good links on the topic: " Don’t Be a Platform Pawn by Alan Levine led me to Frank Chimero’s From the Porch to the Street and then onto a post about The Evaporative Cooling Effect which, in turn, cites this paper." p.s. Can I say I knew this would happen? Of course I can.

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