Bursting the Bubble!! :)

According to techopedia.com the definition of a filter bubble “ is the intellectual isolation that can occur when websites make use of algorithms to selectively assume the information a user would want to see”. In other words, websites thimages-1at we use for everyday life, education, and connecting with other people alter what we look up by what have have looked u
p in the past. Everything we want to know is personally altered for our own liking. More importantly, the computer or search engine is showing us things that it thinks we want to see instead of things we should be seeing.

A New York Times article described it as “big brother like” from the novel 1984. In the novel we are constantly being reminded that “big brother is watching”, the characters in the novel are always being watched. They never make their own decisions, they are always influenced by their government. I do agree with what the New York Times said to an extent. We are allowed to make our own decisions unlike the characters in the novel but we are constantly being influenced by what other people (or devices) think we should think. This affects our everyday lives whether we know it or not. For example, whenever I watch Netflix and I finish a movie or a show, it always suggest like twenty movies that I should watch next. Without any information about me and what I like, it automatically looks at the movies and shows I had watched before and chooses for me. The same thing with twitter, the app tells us who it thinks we should be friends with and limits our selection to become friends with different people.

Filter bubbling can also limit us in our education. One of the biggest examples is google. Google.com looks at what we have searched in the past to predict what we want to see when we search new things. From personal experience, googling something that you wouldimages-2 not normally look up some of the right things do not show up. I was looking up murder cases that had to do with climatology for my Forensics class and I could not find one thing. I thought maybe there really is not such a thing as a murder including climatology. Now I think it is because I normally do not look up things like that. The way we are limited to the things that others think that we should see limits us to new ideas and new ways of looking at things. That is why when people are closed minded about other people’s ideas, it annoys me. They have probably only been limited to what google or any other search engine thought they wanted to see. Therefore, that person has been limited to only their side of ideas and not any other ones.

In politics, each candidate should have a proper education to what they are offering and now they are going to run our country. If every candidate’s education is altered by the filter bubble, none of them really have the proper fact to back their opinions up. I am not saying that I know how to write a candidate’s speech, but in my opinion I think that every candidate should be able to back up their statements with facts and acknowledgement of their opposing candidates side. I think that every candidate should try to inform themselves on every side of one particular subject. The filter bubble limits any candidate to learning everything they need to know.

I think that if there is any way that we can break out of the filter bubble, that we should. Breaking out of the filter bubble would expand our knowledge in everything we do. Not to mention, who we are. We, as people are a sum of the choices we make in life and our experiences. If our experiences and choices are altered by what others think we should do..*pensive pause* then what do we have?

by Mimi G

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About SaintsGOV16
We are students in Dr. Ostroff's sections of U.S. Government at All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. (www.aseschool.org).

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