I have been meaning to write something about this since I first heard about this last week after seeing this video by Eli Pariser. As with many things, I got distracted and it got lower on my ever expanding to-do list. Here is another link on this, and thanks to my buddy Kat Lehman at the Diocese of Bethlehem for reminding me about this.
I think this is a major issue that we haven’t really addressed at any real level yet. If I talk with or interact with only people like me, or ideas or concepts that are just like mine, I am going to miss out on some great conversations and insights. Just as I don’t want to be told what to think or believe, I don’t want to be presented with only those issues and things that some algorithm has generated as “my stuff.” It limits conversation, limits the flow of ideas and isolates us more than brings us together, which is the antithesis of what the Internet was originally touted for.
If you agree with me on this, pass these links on. That is part of how we get the word out.