Do You Live In a "Filter Bubble?"
Noted activist Eli Pariser noted in his recent book and TED Talks lecture that our dependence on highly personalized online tools like Google and Facebook, which tailor results to our interests based on our patterns of use and social networks, has effectively placed many of us in a "filter bubble"--an online world where we never see opposing viewpoints or learn about issues beyond what we've listed as our existing interests. Ultimately, we face the possibility of being unaware of major issues, simply because we simply haven't expressed a previous interest in them.
Can we use the Library to break out of our bubbles? Perhaps! Databases found on the Library's Research page can be useful. Student Resources In Context provide browsable links to magazine articles and summaries to lots of current topics, (such as gun control or political parties), with input from thinkers across the political spectrum. Opposing Viewpoints Reference Center, SIRS Researcher and Issues and Controversies allow you to examine issues and see Pro/Con overviews of major debate topics. Of course, you can browse through our latest nonfiction to see points of view on almost any topic: left, right and center. The Library also features a broad spectrum of events to keep our users both entertained an informed.
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