Democracy’s New Gatekeepers?

For many of us, the Internet still holds the promise of becoming the Great Equalizer, the Great Connector, and the Great Amplifier for the modern era. From its utility as a resource for citizens protesting a corrupt governmental regime, to its capacity to connect people who would otherwise never have an opportunity to meet, the web is, we hope, our best chance at establishing a new form of public square, and a new medium for a fuller incarnation of the marketplace of ideas.

There are, however, increasing warning signs that this may not in fact be the case. And aside from the writings of Lawrence Lessig, I’ve yet to come across a better, more succinct summary of the problem than the recent TED talk from Moveon.org founder Eli Pariser.

See for yourself — and let me know what you think.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Wow. I hadn’t really considered these “advancements” in personalized searches and news feeds in this light. I’m going to have to think about this more thoroughly and come up with some strategies of resistance.

  2. Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    It is a wake up call, that’s for sure . . .

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