Is the Personalized Internet Making Us Dumb?
Nearly everything on the Internet today has some element of personalization – from the articles we read to the e-commerce sites we browse to the social media sites we kill time on. Personalization has plenty of useful benefits – it helps us navigate the increasingly crowded web, combat information overload and easily find what we’re looking for. Recently, however, some have argued that personalization has a dark side because that it only exposes us to a limited number of viewpoints and opinions that align with our own. It can also have the effect of shielding us from some of the world’s darker problems – like homelessness and war in the Middle East. All of this begs the question… is the personalized Internet making us dumb? Or is it a necessary tool to help people use the web more efficiently? Hear experts from both sides of the fence take part in a spirited debate about one of the biggest forces shaping the Internet today.
- It's easy to get overwhelmed by all of the content on the web today. How can you balance filtering some of it out, without totally neglecting all viewpoints that are contrary to your own?
- How personalized is the personalized internet, anyway - does it really narrow our internet experience that much?
- How large of a role do content recommendation engines play in curating our internet experience?
- Even without the personalized internet, wouldn't we still just gravitate towards content reflecting our own viewpoints?
- As "sharing" has become increasingly popular on the web, how much do social networks impact the type of content you consume online everyday?
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