You thought what you see every day is random, whether you like it or not, you wouldn’t really look into the reason that you are receiving certain information, but you probably should — at least starting from now.
According to NYT, ” Federal regulators and state prosecutors are opening investigations into Facebook. Politicians in the United States and Europe are calling for its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to testify before them. Investors have cut the value of the social networking giant by about $50 billion in the past two days.” It’s all about the same thing, whether this dominant player in SNS service mishandled users’ data.
We live in this “information age”, SNS seems to a primary source for many, as some features of the platforms like Facebook do seem to facilitate the flow of information. We post and re-post, tweet and re-tweet. We like the articles that we support and share the emotion with like-minded crowd.
The problem is most of the users are not aware of the algorithm that runs behind the scene. The result could be a self-fulfilling prophecy — you see what you want, and only what you want.
How accurate could the reverse-engineering be with the data and trace that you left on SNS? The answer is it would be accurate enough to influence your decision and determine the result of a presidential election.
As for YouTube, the idea is primarily to generate more possibility by integrating more functions into a single place.
It’s a medium, as information flows over YouTube. All the files that it contains, regardless of the format, make it a medium.
It a platform, so that people could gather and share things, this further allows the possibility of remediation. The more you have, the bigger that chance would be for users to generate remix outcomes.