In a piece on the myth of ‘Internet Neutrality’ The Guardian quoted Professors Marshall Van Alstyne and Erik Brynjolfsoson, who, way back in 1997, wrote that,
"With the customised access and search capabilities, individuals can arrange to read only news and analysis that align with their preferences. Individuals empowered to screen out material that does not conform to their existing preferences may form virtual cliques, insulate themselves from opposing points of view, and reinforce their biases."
This made me ponder: is my RSS selection doing anything to really challenge my preferences? Or, as Jung might put it, is my content ‘purified to the point of sterility?’
Join me in a challenge: add a feed that you disagree with, that prods you, that is uncomfortable. And read it.
Here’s mine: Richard Dawkins’ Official site.