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Filter Bubble


Filter Bubble = Web data filtered to match your interests, thus preventing you from seeing data outside those interests.

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We’ve long heard that the ways the web is tailored for each user—how we search, what we’re shown, who we read and follow— reinforces walls between us. Veronica Belmont investigates how social media can create, and can break, our filter bubbles. Megan Phelps-Roper discusses the Westboro Baptist Church, and the bubbles that form both on and offline. B.J. May talks about the bubbles he encountered every day, in his Twitter feed, and tells us how he broke free. Rasmus Nielsen suggests social media isn’t the filter culprit we think it is. And, within the context of a divided America, DeRay McKesson argues that sometimes bubbles are what hold us together.

The Filter Bubble: How the hidden web is shaping lives – Pioneer in online campaigning Eli Pariser lays bare the forces controlling our online lives and argues for a new vision of a freer web.

Filter bubbles, the global Internet and Wikipedia’s diversity – In our increasingly personalized digital world are we at risk of being trapped in filter bubbles? Also does the rise of the global Internet mean that different countries each have their own unique Internet experience and culture?

From tulips to property: how economic bubbles work – An economic bubble is when the prices for assets are implausibly high and out of whack with fundamental values. This can happen with any asset class – equities, property, even flowers. When Tulipmania gripped Holland in the 17th Century, the price of one particular bulb shot to 10 times the salary of the average skilled craftsman. Unfortunately you can only be sure you’re in a bubble after it pops.




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