Sarah & Alyssa: for class tomorrow

Hi everyone! This is Sarah and Alyssa and we’ll be leading discussion this week. Here are our questions in preparation for Wednesday’s class.

  1. Is it a good thing for the average citizen that our web content is becoming controlled by algorithms? Why or why not?
  2. Can you prevent the web from “defining” who you are and trapping you in the You Loop? If you can prevent it, how?
  3. Why do we trust the web when it is uncontrollable?

Also, check out this New York Times article about how Netflix uses big data to produce new content.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/business/media/for-house-of-cards-using-big-data-to-guarantee-its-popularity.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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