SOCIAL AND NEW MEDIA WITH RASMUS KLEIS NIELSEN: A NEW INFORMATION AGE


A new information age

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism talks about digital media and the news, algorithmic serendipity, echo chambers and filter bubbles.

Gaetano Albertini

In response to future hacker

The Internet has turned society into homebodies, individuals who do everything from the comfort of their homes instead of venturing outdoors to complete tasks. People can do everything online; shopping, communicating, bill paying, working, education, entertainment, even ordering food. This may be good, but it has also made us a very lazy and uneducated society. 

The Information Age has changed people, technology, science, economies, culture, and even the way people think. The Internet is arguably the most prominent innovation of the Information Age. The Internet changed the way people do everything. It has made people lazier, but it also makes a large amount of the population smarter.

future hacker

The Internet has turned society into homebodies, individuals who do everything from the comfort of their homes instead of venturing outdoors to complete tasks. People can do everything online; shopping, communicating, bill paying, working, education, entertainment, even ordering food. This may be good, but it has also made us a very lazy and uneducated society. 

Yisrael Peleg

In response to George Waters

Here are a few ways one can fight Facebook's algorithm and customize their feed.

Informationally, Facebook has set it up so that the rich get richer. The “good stuff” will be seen by more, and the “boring stuff” will be seen by few or none. I’m not sure that’s optimal from a personal connection standpoint, because it smells of forced virality. But, I can understand their point. There is far too much content being published to show it to all of the people who have “subscribed” to see it via “fan” or “friend” connection. They also need to make money, so they have to reserve some of that news feed for sponsored content.

Slobodan Pavlicic

Social media today still offers the occasional chance for something small to grow big and fast without investment, but as advertising has become dominant, social media now requires just as much, if not more, investment as traditional old media in order to reach the same scale and impact.

George Waters

In response to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helga Breitner

Algorithmic news feeds are designed to bring you information that you’re more likely to tap the “like” button on. The basic idea was simply to understand what type of content you liked and show you more of it, which sounds innocent enough. The problem, as Harvard Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein says, is that those same algorithms create what’s called polarization, or an information cocoon. Polarization refers to the idea that, when someone is exposed to only information that supports their own beliefs, those beliefs tend to push more towards the extremes.

Here are a few ways one can fight Facebook's algorithm and customize their feed.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helga Breitner

In response to Naseem Ruud

I got confused by the term algorithmic serendipity. To me it seems like the two terms are impossible to put in the same sentences


 


 

Algorithmic news feeds are designed to bring you information that you’re more likely to tap the “like” button on. The basic idea was simply to understand what type of content you liked and show you more of it, which sounds innocent enough. The problem, as Harvard Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein says, is that those same algorithms create what’s called polarization, or an information cocoon. Polarization refers to the idea that, when someone is exposed to only information that supports their own beliefs, those beliefs tend to push more towards the extremes.

Fujiko Nakayama

During the Information Age, the phenomenon is that the digital industry creates a knowledge-based society surrounded by a high-tech global economy that spans over its influence on how the manufacturing throughout and the service sector operate in an efficient and convenient way. In a commercialized society, the information industry is able to allow individuals to explore their personalized needs, therefore simplifying the procedure of making decisions for transactions and significantly lowering costs for both the producers and buyers.

Gaetano Albertini

Today most of the businesses are using Social Media to their advantage. They know the significance of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google+  in reaching prospects, customers, and partners. More than 3 billion people are now online, and they are spending more time there than watching TV. They are making and watching videos about products they like and tweeting enthusiastically about customer service they do not like.

Alex Tetradze

In response to Professor Dodds

Naseem, I was also confused by echo chambers and filter bubbles.  I did some research on the web and here is an article that helped me understand what they are and how they differ.

Hello,

“Echo chamber” is a term widely used in today’s lexicon, that describes a situation where certain ideas, beliefs or data points are reinforced through repetition of a closed system that does not allow for the free movement of alternative or competing ideas or concepts. In an echo chamber, there is the implication that certain ideas or outcomes win out because of an inherent unfairness in how input is gathered.

Edward Wachter

In response to Theodora Persefoni

Are the digital media filter the information that they deliver to the end user and also how significant is that if it is true?


Theodora,

Here is one interesting article that teaches you various ways you can burst the social media info bubble: click here.

Dorothea Petrescu

Frank,


You bring up an interesting point and reminded me of something called Second Life (secondlife.com).  It is not an online game world but rather more of a social platform in which you get to live a life through your avatar.  People use it for all kinds of things.  Some even make a living by providing products or services in its virtual world.

Professor Dodds

Naseem, I was also confused by echo chambers and filter bubbles.  I did some research on the web and here is an article that helped me understand what they are and how they differ.

Frank Valentine

There are people that don't feel the need to go out and meet with other individuals thanks to the social media these days. They can live a life through someone else's eyes. Social anxiety is becoming a huge problem in 21st century.

Theodora Persefoni

Are the digital media filter the information that they deliver to the end user and also how significant is that if it is true?

Naseem Ruud

I got confused by the term algorithmic serendipity. To me it seems like the two terms are impossible to put in the same sentences


 


 

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