Tuesday, May 24, 2011

You Vs. The Internet

My cousin in Florida sent this to me for my consideration. The fact that he could do this is because of the great tool and gift we call The Internet.

At the same time, while viewing the video link he sent, I was reminded yet again, that any tool not used correctly ceases to be a tool and can be down-right destructive. So, take a look at this and tell me if you think it interesting as I did.

I've discussed the problem several times here, this notion that others decide what information you get, your access to it and how you receive it. That's a huge problem. It will only continue to creep more and more into our world, this invisible censorship, unless we stay on constant alert. The only way a free society stays free is by open access to information and all the voices and opinions that go with it.

We all so want the world to be simple and uncomplicated. I'm afraid that being completely aware and tuned in doesn't allow for that. Whether it makes us uncomfortable, sad, angry, or uncertain, we have to have a tolerance for those itchy feelings. We have to be willing to hear it all.

So, tell me, what did you learn today? How did you learn it? And, could there have been more information that you should have known about, been given for your consideration, not edited out of your sphere of knowing?

I suspect that the answer for all of us is, yes, we could have been told more than we were. You should be the only editor of the information in your world. The only editor.

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" | Video on TED.com

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka A Professional Communicator


Sarah said...

Wow hon...that was amazing! I have suspected as much..and have noticed changes on my main pages..like msn and yahoo and as well on Facebook. I find it frustrating to search of late on Google. This explains it. I agree..we need more control over the filters we choose!! Facinating and enlightening hon!! Thank you.I have bookmarked the site also!
Hugs, Sarah

ps. did you get your uni hon?

Joanna Jenkins said...

Pretty scary stuff. Ugh.

You know I was in publishing-- pre-Internet days. Back then when you'd read about an "unnamed industry source" it usually met the reporter at the next desk-- Our news was filtered like that. Now with the Internet it's on STEROIDS X 1000 and it's not cool.

It's everywhere too, from grocery store club cards to google searches. It kind of creeps me out a bit and leaves me wonder if "the man behind the curtain" deciding my fate is a teenager, a geezer, a crazy person or Wallstreet.

Very interesting post and I'm a big TED fan.

xoxox Happy weekend, jj

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