Comment on Algorithm Play by jkwon

Thank you for sharing your artifact, Monica!
Your point-Pariser’s idea that media is shaping us- is especially inspiring to me.
Given the fact that algorithms are unseen and black-boxed, we are unlikely informed of which factors are working in recommendation systems. So it may be almost impossible to define who is held accountable for and we are getting passive consumers of information. In school settings, teachers can intervene in the educational process, but what about informal education outside classrooms? While playing with YouTube, Pinterest, Google without critical thinking, we may be led by unseen power relations that reinforce their own interests.

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Comment on Algorithmic play by jkwon

I love your artifact, thank you for sharing, Susanne!
While doing this algorithmic play, I had the same experiences as yours.
I never clicked and watched coronavirus, because I’m Korean living in China at the moment, so I’m tired of information from Korea and China. But youtube, twitter are suggesting me to see coronavirus-related videos and twits, so I just thought it was topical. But although you searched coronavirus on Google, but not so many contents popped up which is weird.
Given the circumstance that algorithm is black-boxed, it is inevitable that I have a doubt social media’s algorithms may just make us click more without contexts so that they can strengthen their positions on the internet world.

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Comment on block 3 artefact – my Eurafrican Youtube algorithmic play by jkwon

I really enjoyed your artifact, JB!
While doing my algorithmic play, I also felt that the digital divide is likely affecting the search results. People(or countries) who have stable access to the internet can participate more, in watching and creating videos that lead to biased search results. Some countries don’t allow their citizens to access YouTube, Google, etc., students in less privileged areas don’t have digital devices so their interests may be less reflected than their counterparts. That’s why we shouldn’t just be consumers of the results of algorithms, but be participants in all process of algorithm process.
Thank you for sharing your artifact!

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Comment on Block 1: Artifact by jkwon

This picture is so touching, Monica!
Those prosthetic legs are not just supplementary tools, but the evidence and memory filled with the girl’s growth and life.
This picture really captured well the their relationship as we can see her smiling with her growing legs!

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