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Filter Bubbles - Anderson Conference 2017: Videos and Readings

Beware online "filter bubbles" - Ted Talk by Eli Pariser (9 minutes)

The danger of a single story - Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (19 minutes)

Saturday Night Live skit - living in a post election bubble (2 minutes)

Filter bubble resources

Fake News

Escape Your Filter Bubble

In her March 3, 2017 article in the New York Times,  How to Escape Your Political Bubble for a Clearer View, Amanda Hess offers several ways to escape your own filter bubble.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

Few people get a kick out of acknowledging their own biases, so new digital features are easing the way with candy-colored visuals and interactive quizzes. Download the Chrome extension PolitEcho and watch as it crawls through your Facebook network and visualizes its political bias based on how many of your friends “like” pages dedicated to Breitbart, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders or NPR. Then hop over to the PBS website and take a quiz, conceived by the libertarian Charles Murray, that rates your affiliation with “mainstream American culture.”


FlipFeed, a Google Chrome extension created by M.I.T. researchers, provides a voyeuristic thrill: Click a button, and your regular Twitter feed is replaced by that of a random, anonymous user of a different political persuasion.


BuzzFeed is testing a new feature, “Outside Your Bubble,” which pulls in opinions from across the web and gives them a neutral platform. 

News sites and personalization

Social media and the echo chamber