Who decides which information and knowledge people have access to?
- People get information and news from feeds, search engines and recommendation systems which heavily rely on algorithmic personalization.
- Publishers and media companies produce content based on expected and past performance within the algorithmic distribution system.
- Journalists, opinion leaders and book authors produce and share information that has been gathered under the influence of algorithms.
- All this happens within an environment of self-reinforcing feedback loops that particularly rewards sensationalism, outrage, hatred and other negative emotions. And many people are unable to stop exposing themselves to these negative emotions on a near-constant basis, as they cleverly trigger the brain’s primal, primitive urges.