The world in which we live

It’s hard to recover a vision in the world in which we live today.  There is too much “information” out there for most to handle effectively (forget about efficiently).  This fact is already being exploited by those who generate misinformation, which spreads like wildfire.  There is little to no chance that most users of the web can distinguish ‘facts’ from nonsense; we might even go so far as to say they don’t even have the true/false possibility in mind.  Where they go is determined by a filter bubble, and what they see there is not questioned (well, almost never questioned).  The irony is that while the availability of diverse information has never been greater, the algorithms which watch our activity and screen our search results funnel us to that which tends to fit only our world view, ultimately tunnel visioning our web use to only our pristinely filtered set of site or types of sites.  Most people aren’t aware this is going on behind the scenes.  Finally this is beginning to be studied, thanks somewhat to Eli Pariser’s book The Filter Bubble;  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Pariser.
I don’t see how we can get everyone on the same page, because, well, literally, we cannot get everyone on the same page.
Brian

About basicrulesoflife

Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, http://www.artificialintelligence.lv Editor.
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