The Church of Algorithm?
AdamObringer
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I agree that Bogost perhaps goes to far. However, I think what he discusses, the people behind the algorithm, serves as an important reminder to the daily social media user. I have to say that although algorithms hold a lot of power in the content that we see and the ideas presented to us, those that want more are aware of the people behind it and find themselves frustrated. In turn, they find other ways of finding the information or expressing the ideas they want. In regards to Facebook, I have found, particularly with the Target bathroom controversy going on, the algorithm does not filter out conservative ideas from your friends’ posts. Although the people behind it may try to use it to their own agendas, the algorithm would have to go to an extreme before it could completely control what you see, even when you have a variety of friends with a variety of opinions.

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