Reflecting on the topic:
From reading a range of different blogs, I can conclude that finding reliable and authentic information is challenging. Reflecting upon Luke’s (2018) blog only highlighted the importance of our information, data and media literacy in differentiating fact from fake.
I found it important to ask myself a few questions about my engagement with the web (see Figure 1)!
This topic has really opened my eyes as to how valuable but dangerous the web can be if we’re not critical of what we see, becoming aware of Echo chambers, Filter bubbles and Fake news brings us a step closer to becoming autonomous web users.
On Ryan’s blog (2018), he reflects upon online tools such as “news tracer” which assesses the factual accuracy of tweets, I think these online tools could be benefit me within the future, helping me separate the fact from the fake. Also, using government websites or Google Scholar could help me obtain reliable information within the future.
Reflecting on Filter bubbles:
There are ways in which we can trick the algorithms by liking pages we don’t agree with or removing our interests on Facebook (GPPI, 2016).
When reflecting on Filter bubbles in particular, Chloe’s comment on my blog only highlighted that Filter bubbles are not only a thing of the online world, but also the offline world…
Maybe we need to start bursting our offline Filter bubbles? We could change where we go? Talk to some different people? Join clubs we might think twice about joining?
As Will highlighted on my blog, if we think critically about what we see, there can be some positives of Filter bubbles, it can make our life easier by feeding us relevant information (i.e. where our nearest supermarket is).
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GPPI (2016) The Fight Against Filter Bubbles Needs to Start Offline [Online]. Available from: http://www.gppi.net/publications/data-technology-politics/article/the-fight-against-filter-bubbles-needs-to-start-offline/?L=0%25252527%25252522 [Accessed: 15 March 2018]
Immediate Future (N.d) What should we think of filter bubbles on social media? [Online] Available from: http://immediatefuture.co.uk/blog/what-should-we-think-of-filter-bubbles-on-social-media/ [Accessed: 15 March 2018]