Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 1
The Internet Filter Bubble
Last week we focused on the difference between scholarly and popular sources. While popular sources do have an important place in research, there are important considerations for searching for these resources on the Internet. This discussion introduces you to the concept of the “Internet Filter Bubble” and how it can affect your search results when using certain search engines, such as Google. The second discussion this week will examine how to pop the filter bubble.
Prepare: Watch the Ted Talk Eli Pariser: Beware Online “Filter Bubbles”.
Reflect: Consider your reaction to the video and how this topic applies to your own experience researching on the internet.
Write: Answer the following questions in your post. What were your initial thoughts on the filter bubble after watching the Ted Talk? What are the positive and negative effects of the filter bubble, particularly in relation to ethical issues that may arise? How could this filter bubble impact the research you conduct online for your “Annotated Bibliography” Final Paper?
To maximize the opportunity for vigorous discussion, you must post to this discussion on at least three separate days of the week and your posts must total at least 600 words as you address the questions noted above. Your first post must be completed by Day 3 (Thursday) and the remainder of your posts must be completed by Day 7 (Monday). You must answer all aspects of the prompt at some point during the week. Also, be sure to reply to your classmates and instructor.
Respond to Peers:As your reply to your classmates attempt to extend the conversation by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider comparing the ethical issues they raise related to the filter bubble with your own.