LT Thought of the Week – Beware the Filter Bubble

This week’s LT thought comes from Eli Pariser and is something we need to all start discussing: the way in which search engines pre-determine parameters for search results based on data about the user – including such things as the type of computer, location, time of day and a whole host of criteria.

I think we need to recognize that there is a certain degree of hypocrisy behind the actions of search giants like Google, whose success to date has been predicated on the open web. The thought of living inside a “filter bubble” smacks of censorship, closed-mindedness and the circuitousness that inevitably comes with rarely being pushed to think outside the square.

As teachers, we have a special collective responsibility to educate students about the ways that “dumb” searches risk making us, in the long term, even dumber.

About Michael

Cellist, singer/songwriter, school teacher, nerd, recent scooter enthusiast and failed philosopher.
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