“I don’t believe in organized religion” — always a fun thing to overhear at a party. It’s a statement that should be predicated with, “After a few beers and ZERO research…” It’s a conversational black hole that is likely a low point to an evening, but it’s actually built upon interesting questions of culture, institutions, and traditions. In the right setting, (i.e. not 11pm on a Friday night), it can be an enlightening discussion. After reading Bogost, I’d love to come back with the quip, “I don’t believe in organized technology,” and shift the conversation.
While I certainly agree with you that I don’t ‘feel’ the pervasiveness of algorithmic technologies, I agree with Bogost that they are simplifications and distortions. His example of Google Maps is certainly an assemblage of many elements that steer the user through a highly structured and multi-layered platform.