Belief and Misbelief Asymmetry on the Internet (Focus: by Gérald Bronner

By Gérald Bronner

This e-book discusses the media, ideals, the scoop, the net, and so forth. however it shouldn't be visible as yet one more critique of the media approach, exploring with angry fascination the assumption of a machination opposed to fact organize to serve a society of domination. these kind of theories, whether or not they pertain to conspiracy theories or, extra subtly, to a self-styled "critical" mind set, have continuously appeared to be the expression of a kind of highbrow puerility. this isn't to assert that makes an attempt at manipulating evaluations don't ensue, or that our global is loose from compromised ideas, or certainly corruption; faraway from it, yet none of this can be the most important issue.

In truth, truth can in some way be much more unsettling than these myths, despite the fact that subtle they're, that envisage the media process hand-in-hand with undefined, technological know-how, etc, all in contract which will lead the "people" clear of the reality. it truly is extra unsettling as the procedures defined during this e-book and that let falsehood and dubiousness to grab the general public sphere are boosted by means of the improvement of IT, the workings of our minds, and the very nature of democracy. and eventually, it's extra unsettling simply because we're all accountable for what's going to take place to us.

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What kinds of products will they be faced with? Can we get an idea of the nature of the competition that characterizes the coexistence, on this market, of clashing products? 3. Competition between belief and knowledge on the Internet To find an answer to these questions the author examined what an Internet user with no preconceived ideas could be “offered” on many topics on the Web. To simulate his approach, he took into account the survey results6 about people’s cultural practices in the digital age, which unsurprisingly show that we search the Internet more and more.

For Weisberg, Pariser’s denunciation is mainly extremist and his fears unjustified7. When he took the initiative of questioning Google on this matter, he was told: “Actually we have algorithms that are specifically created to limit personalization and to promote variety on the results pages”. Similarly, Jonathan Zittrain, law and informatics professor at Harvard, explains: “My experience makes me think that the effects of search personalization are minor”. I have to say that the numerous experiences that I have conducted with my students about the relationship between beliefs and the Internet have led me to be less alarmist than Pariser on this point, but I will return to this.

But there is something else, which the 2 These authors cannot be held responsible for the arguments supported by the report, which, however, mentions them by acknowledging that it has “benefited from the [authors’] initial contributions and analyses”. 3 Further on, I will discuss the possible demarcation between the two. Why Does the Internet Side with Dubious Ideas? 21 different critics of the Internet culture do not seem to have realized: the fact is that the cognitive market is hypersensitive to the structure of supply, and automatically to the providers’ motivation.

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