Are Algorithms The New Gatekeepers Of Knowledge?
Tools which help us manage information overload may do us harm in the long term.
The information overload debate spawns many a tired argument about our ability to cope with our digitally saturated lives but two pertinent points remain in spite of the hyperbole.
In the words of Bowker & Star (Sorting Things Out: Classification & It’s Consequences);
“when faced with too many alternatives and too much information (people) satisfice.”
The second important point, is that nowadays the Internet content which we happen across is increasingly responsive to the sorts of content which we have previously searched for. In short, we are getting more of the same rather than more of what we need.