Life before and after Facebook @guardian


Children are reluctant to admit it, but after a bad day at school it might be a relief to have a place where the online world cannot reach you. The problem is whether the home can any longer offer that peace and quiet. It is as if the walls are no longer solid but permeable. Somehow the outside world now penetrates inside the average family home because of this continual contact with peers and others.

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On the Use by Facebook, Google, and Twitter of algorithms to filter content presented to users

Through Forensic Linguistics
(thanks to Charles Willock )

For those looking for an easy-to-understand introduction to /discussion of, personal data tracking and use it for raising awareness of non-computer students the following items could be useful: (Listen from these pages)

  Algorithm awareness, Sunday, September 21, 2014
  Christian Sandvig   (09:23)

  “Why Twitter Should Not Algorithmically Curate the Timeline”
   Zeynep Tufekci   (08:48)

They outline use by Facebook, Google, and potentially Twitter of algorithms to filter content presented to users and the general lack of awareness of the existance of that software by users.