Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beware Filter Bubbles... online AND in real life



I love TED.com for presenting ideas like this one... from author Eli Pariser.

I think we should always seek to avoid filter bubbles... not just those presented to us on the web or in the media we consume... but in our real lives too... our social lives:
  • If you are a person of faith... how many agnostics / atheists do you know? 
  • If you are straight... how many homosexuals do you know? 
  • If you are a man... how many women do you know? 
  • If you are young... how many elderly people do you know?
  • If you are a Glasgow Rangers fan... how many Glasgow Celtic fans do you know?
  • If you are "rich"... how many "poor" people do you know?
  • If you are an omnivore... how many herbivores do you know?
  • If you are a Creationist... how many Evolutionists for you know?
  • If you have lived in your country all your life... how many newcomers do you know?
  • If you own your own home... how many homeless people do you know?
  • If you consider yourself politically "liberal"... how many consider themselves politically "conservative" do you you know?
A very challenging list... and it works vice versa too.

Think about it... what we let in shapes what we are... who we let in shapes who we are!

If you are on Twitter... take a moment to consider who makes up your feed. If they are all like you... maybe its time to burst your own filter bubble!

Tx
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