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How Recommendation Algorithms DOMINATE Social Media | Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar

Krystal and Saagar explain how recommendation algorithms dominate social media and how it effects the experiences of users and creators on large platforms

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  1. I find myself using these apps less and less because im so tired of the crap recommendations, especially on Twitter where i cant opt out of random topics showing up. I literally never use the app anymore because it always shows me irrelevant garbage instead of what i follow

  2. No matter how much you press do not recommend this the algorithm still recommends it.

    Example: You like creative videos about make cool things. The algorithm realizes people in your demographic are watching videos of people giving Karen's that come up ins. All of a sudden you're receiving a flood of Karen videos and the creative woodworking videos that you like watching get completely filtered out. And no matter how many times you go do not recommend Karen video You're still flooded with Karen videos.

    The algorithm doesn't care about what you like. The algorithm only cares about what you'll look at for an extended period of time.

  3. Look at how crappy the Detroit Lions, yet people keep buying tickets. People are too stupid to do anything about it. Same with social media.

  4. That is why the internet needs to regulated some way. I liked FB when it was communicating with friends. Hated it during political season, and despise it mining ME to sell for money. Wall street always takes good ideas and turns them into disgusting companies.

  5. "They" pump my feed full of garbage I have repeatedly said is not interesting. Hard right conservative stuff. I have to go out of my way to be nasty under the topic to get it to stop appearing.

  6. I get on youtube and hit the subscriptions menu item. It used to be settable as my default home page, that went away. It used to be easy to say I didn't want to watch a video and it went away forever, now they come back sometimes. I used to believe I got ALL of the videos for my subscriptions, now I know that's not true, including if I "ring the bell". It's not like I follow anybody extreme either. It's kind of broken, and the algorithm sucks because if I watch one music video that artists songs are suggested for weeks, and generally it gets me wrong on the home page.

  7. "We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

    "But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

    "What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

    "This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right."

    From "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business" by Neil Postman.

  8. "Moreover, we have seen enough by now to know that technological changes in our modes of communication are even more ideology-laden than changes in our modes of transportation. Introduce the alphabet to a culture and you change its cognitive habits, its social relations, its notions of community, history and religion. Introduce the printing press with movable type, and you do the same. Introduce speed-of-light transmission of images and you make a cultural revolution. Without a vote. Without polemics. Without guerrilla resistance.

    "Here is ideology, pure if not serene. Here is ideology without words, and all the more powerful for their absence. All that is required to make it stick is a population that devoutly believes in the inevitability of progress. And in this sense, all Americans are Marxists, for we believe nothing if not that history is moving us toward some preordained paradise and that technology is the force behind that movement."

    From "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business" by Neil Postman.

  9. I think (and hope) eventually these social media companies will change their algorithm so much that they won’t even be a social media company anymore. They’ll just become a media company. Eventually a void will need to be filled where people actually just want to follow friends and make room for a new platform to pop up

  10. I’ve been getting a ton of right wing channels pushed at me recently on here. None of my activity on here would lead them to believe that’s what I want to watch.

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