Alison J. Harris



Filter Bubbles


I’ve traveled some around the United States over the years, but I would love to get the chance to trek across Europe. Venturing outside your typical comfort zone and visiting diverse places and people really gives you a broader perspective on life. Unfortunately, I have often heard tales of Americans traveling to different countries and quite mistakenly expecting everyone they meet to speak English. This is obviously not the case, and I think the readings for this week are a reflection of just that.

For example, an article from Social Media Today points this out very well, stressing the importance of social media marketing in other languages besides English. It also mentions that Chinese is actually the dominant language on the web. I was not aware of this, but I am not surprised. I also really enjoyed reviewing world maps of social networks, which shows Facebook still quite prevailing across the globe.

I’ve included the video from Eli Pariser’s discussion of filter bubbles in my post. I have read some on the concept, but I did not know it extended to social media as well. Very interesting and a little alarming.

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March 3, 2014 , Comment

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