Six years after the Upworthy cofounder coined the term “filter bubble,” things are much worse.
Pariser’s warning has become our new reality. We have embraced the phrase he coined to describe the most pernicious effects of social media — the way its algorithms feed each of us information that supports views we already have, and creates the conditions for us to be more susceptible to falsehoods.
I really feel like it’s less about fake news and more about, “Is the truth loud enough?” And is it loud enough, in particular, for a broad population and not just news junkies? Whenever you look at who actually consumes news, it’s such a shockingly tiny chunk of the public as a whole. If the problem is that the truth isn’t loud enough, it points in very different directions than if the problem is that fake news is misleading people.