Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

... because my television has been radicalised.

My television is trying to radicalise me with an endless stream of recommendations to watch videos from a mainstream media outlet that deliberately inhabits a place on outer reaches of the political spectrum.

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Its content are just not my cup of tea. I find them errant, offensive, braying, thoughtless and, well, just stupid.

I know we're all supposed to be working on ways to, in the words of the President-elect 'See one another', and I know that a broad media diet is healthiest way to live in the world. But only generous funding from a like-minded think tank makes it possible to publish more radical content than the stuff my TV wants me to watch.

So I'd like my TV to stop this, but I can't figure out how....

So this recommendation system is clearly flying according it its own desires, while blithely ignoring mine. My television has been hijacked. I don't think this is a bug -- but that's not the same thing as saying it's intentional. Instead, I suspect this is the emergent outcome of a confluence of decisions made to square the needs of both commerce and user experience.

Somewhere along the line someone decided that this media source deserved equal billing with less feral voices, and that in the interests of perceived fairness all of them should be presented as equal and equally appropriate for viewers. That this system doesn't allow you to pick and choose your news sources may give it the illusion of fairness, but all news sources are not created equal. They have different values, different editorial standards " and different audiences. Chalk and cheese not in any way equivalent....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-11-17 10:57 AM | Reply

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