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Should We Worry About Filter Bubbles?

With so much research available on the existence of filter bubbles, it can be exhausting trying to sort through the arguments. But the current literature does suggest that they do exist. A central article on this topic gives a critical analysis of available literature on filter bubbles and evaluates their existence. Spohr initially set out… Continue reading Should We Worry About Filter Bubbles?

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Bubbles and Brexit

A significant worry some people have about filter bubbles is whether they can affect the way people vote. The most concern comes during election periods and other major events that contribute to democracy. One such event was the Brexit vote in the UK. During the build-up to the referendum, there was heavy campaigning from both… Continue reading Bubbles and Brexit

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Bad Bubble Dream

In recent years, the media has caused a lot of hype about filter bubbles and how damaging they are. Because of this, more people are questioning if they exist. Some of the evidence suggests yes they do, but some believe filter bubbles are not as prevalent as they are made out to be. One of… Continue reading Bad Bubble Dream

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Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere

Numerous articles argue filter bubbles do exist. But there is almost the same number claiming filter bubbles are nothing but a bad dream. How do we know what the truth is? A study conducted by Flaxman et al. examined the web browsing patterns of 50,000 US internet users over three months. It showed that articles… Continue reading Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere

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Unfollow, Unfriend, Delete, Repeat

When it comes to voting in today’s society, a lot of people look for information about the candidates online. But how do we know if the information we’re seeing is accurate? For democracy to work effectively, everyone needs to be equally informed. Filter bubbles distort how we see vital information which can have a detrimental… Continue reading Unfollow, Unfriend, Delete, Repeat

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

While some may not consider filter bubbles as posing too much of a threat, others believe that they can cause damage outside of the internet. In his TED Talk, Eli Pariser mentioned one of his first experience of filter bubbles. He noticed one day that all of the conservative posts had disappeared from his news… Continue reading Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

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Briefly Brexit

In June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on the country’s European Union membership, which had been debated about for several years prior. While it seemed likely the majority would vote to remain, 52% of the public voted to leave the EU. Three years after the initial vote and the United Kingdom have yet… Continue reading Briefly Brexit

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Filter Bubbles 101

Have you ever noticed your Facebook suggesting posts or groups associated with something that you’ve recently interacted with? Maybe you’ve been presented with lots of memes about the Game of Thrones finale after liking the official page. Or you’re being suggested pages related to a brand of product that you liked pictures of. Or, if… Continue reading Filter Bubbles 101

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BreLeave in Brexit?

Unless you’ve avoided all forms of social media over the last two years, you’ve probably heard of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union – aptly dubbed ‘Brexit’. The political climate of the UK has been highly publicised since the referendum was announced, and many politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron have stepped… Continue reading BreLeave in Brexit?

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Push to reduce waste in the Illawarra

Community groups in Wollongong are working together to reduce 70 per cent of the city’s single-use plastics by 2020, following China’s ban on foreign waste. The ‘Plastic Free Wollongong’ initiative was created by the Boomerang Alliance, which consists of 47 environment groups from across Australia. The initiative aims to bring the community together reduce the amount… Continue reading Push to reduce waste in the Illawarra