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Filter Bubbles: The Shape of the Nightmare to Come

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Sat, Apr 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Social media giants are not interested in keeping you educated or informed, only that you stick around as much as possible so that they can earn more and more advertising dollars. With more people relying to get their news online, this is creating a power shift towards Silicon Valley who now controls the exposure of news. A scary nightmare only some people are talking about:

[...] over the past 18 months a drumbeat of concerns about the personal and societal impacts of technology has been growing – and it crescendoed last week in the congressional grilling of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s power and impact on American life. More broadly the concerns are highlighted by headlines about the “Heavy Toll of ‘Always On’ Technology,” the emergence of a “techlash” driven by people’s disillusionment with the online environment, and worries over digital dystopia. There has also been commentary and research about the effects digital technology usage can have on people’s well-being, their level of stress, their likelihood of committing suicide, their ability to perform well at work and in social settings, their capability to focus in an era of information overload, their capacity to modulate their level of connectivity, and their overall happiness.

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