Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book Review: The Filter Bubble

This book was alright, although it probably could have fit into one long cover story for The Atlantic.  It's about how the internet limits our exposure to new topics and new ways of thinking.  There are some chapters that begin with long discursions, like one chapter that starts with a recap of when the CIA was interrogating a Soviet defector named Yuri Nosenko, and you're like, 'Wait, how does this relate to the internet again?'

Eli Pariser, the author, respects how papers like the New York Times will often put "important" stories about foreign conflicts on their front page. That way, even if we don't read the front page, we're at least aware of those conflicts.  I noticed this on Monday when the New York Times had a front page story about Yemen.  I think we bombed them, or maybe they bombed someone else?  Or maybe they were in conflict with Saudi Arabia? I don't fucking know.

The truth is, if I see a slip-in advert from Domino's offering a 3-topping large pizza for $7.99, that's more relevant to me than knowing what's happening in Yemen.  We need food to live, after all, plus other things like water and shelter.

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