Political Fragmentation on the Internet

by Davina V
An interesting article I just read was about how people usually read news on the internet. The authors talk about how the news that a person reads usually centers around and supports their belief. Because that is happening, the article is talking about how they are coming up with ways to challenge the information without being so overwhelming, so that they would have information that “they would like to have access to but might not otherwise get” using information technology. They talk about using three different methods: “One is to provide only high-quality challenging items. A second is to provide challenging information only in the context of specific topics of interest. The third is to reduce the cognitive dissonance associated with challenging information by making it easy for people to access counterarguments that support their views whenever they are exposed to these challenges”.

Since we do not have a specific topic designated to us this week. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and used the search engine on our library website for a peer reviewed article concerning database design and found this interesting article.

This is interesting for me to read about. In fact, the third one is very useful for me because I tend to be very easily swayed by the opinions of others even though I try not to.  I wished that the third option was available to me as a program in my high school years. I had a friend who loved debate and not only this program would make things more interesting but I would probably be able to debate with her on equal grounds without faltering no matter which side of the debate I chose.

Reference: Garrett, R., & Resnick, P. (2011). Resisting Political Fragmentation on the Internet. Daedalus140(4), 108-120. doi: 10.1162/DAED_a_00118

1 thought on “Political Fragmentation on the Internet”

  1. This is very interesting. How are they planning to implement this? Is this some sort of virtual program that exposes you to topics and opinions not centered around your beliefs and from the point of view other people’s opinions? Ill ask you in class more about this, I too like debating topics and this is very interesting to me.

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