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The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
     

The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

by Eli Pariser, Kirby Heyborne (Narrated by)
 

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An eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling—-and limiting—-the information we consume.

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An eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling—-and limiting—-the information we consume.

Editorial Reviews

Evgeny Morozov
…[Pariser] is to be commended for reinvigorating the conversation about the dangers of online personalization. And The Filter Bubble deserves praise for drawing attention to the growing power of information intermediaries whose rules, protocols, filters and motivations are not always visible.
—The New York Times
From the Publisher
"A powerful indictment of the current system." —The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452631813
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
05/12/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

Lawrence Lessig
"For more than a decade, reflective souls have worried about the consequences of perfect personalization. Eli Pariser’s is the most powerful and troubling critique yet."--(Lawrence Lessig, author of Remix, Free Culture and Code)
David Kirkpatrick
"Eli Pariser is worried. He cares deeply about our common social sphere and sees it in jeopardy. His thorough investigation of Internet trends got me worried, too. He even taught me things about Facebook. It's a must-read."--(David Kirkpatrick, The Facebook Effect)
Douglas Rushkoff
"Eli Pariser isn’t just the smartest person I know thinking about the relationship of digital technology to participation in the democratic process—he is also the most experienced. The Filter Bubble reveals how the world we encounter is shaped by programs whose very purpose is to narrow what we see and increase the predictability of our responses. Anyone who cares about the future of human agency in a digital landscape should read this book."--(Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc. and Program or Be Programmed)
Steven Levy
"‘Personalization’ sounds pretty benign, but Eli Pariser skillfully builds a case that its excess on the Internet will unleash an information calamity—unless we heed his warnings. Top notch journalism and analysis."--(Steven Levy, author of In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives)
Craig Newmark
"The Internet software that we use is getting smarter, and more tailored to our needs, all the time. The risk, Eli Pariser reveals, is that we increasingly won't see other perspectives. In The Filter Bubble, he shows us how the trend could reinforce partisan and narrow mindsets, and points the way to a greater online diversity of perspective."--(Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist)
Clay Shirky
"Internet firms increasingly show us less of the wide world, locating us in the neighborhood of the familiar. The risk, as Eli Pariser shows, is that each of us may unwittingly come to inhabit a ghetto of one."--(Clay Shirky, author Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus)
From the Publisher
"A powerful indictment of the current system." —-The Wall Street Journal
George Lakoff
In The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser reveals the news slogan of the personalized internet: Only the news that fits you we print."--(George Lakoff, author of Don’t Think of an Elephant! and The Political Mind)
Bill McKibben
"You spend half your life in Internet space, but trust me—you don't understand how it works. Eli Pariser’s book is a masterpiece of both investigation and interpretation; he exposes the way we’re sent down particular information tunnels, and he explains how we might once again find ourselves in a broad public square of ideas. This couldn’t be a more interesting book; it casts an illuminating light on so many of our daily encounters."--(Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature, and founder 350.org)

Meet the Author

Eli Pariser is the Board President, and former Executive Director, of the 5-million member organization MoveOn.org. A pioneer in online politics, Pariser is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and a co-founder of Avaaz.org, one of the world’s largest citizen organizations. His op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. He grew up in Lincolnville, Me.

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