Jiyoung’s algorithm play

Hi Jiyoung,
Good work on your algorithm play. I especially liked the results from your accidental click on the ballet video. I have also noticed that YouTube tends to do that, they suggest videos that relate to the subject, that relate to that subject and so forth until it has nothing to do with your original search. It can yield some pretty wild results.
I agree with your conclusion on needing “to intervene not only during the interpretation process but also developing, watching and revising processes.” Especially when this concerns education.

Sean’s algorithm play

Hey Sean,
I liked your video a lot. It was really cool to see how fast you got a response all over the internet. Surprising about Amazon though, not responding to your activity.
How do you think this could be applied in education? I think a lot about the idea of “giving the customer what they want before they know they want it” concept and how ads might be used in the future to push teaching subjects in a way. Did you like the fall of Rome? You are going to love the Revolutionary War. Or something to that effect.
It was a good idea to clear your history, to bring a faster response time.
Good work over all!
Monica

Thomas’s algorithm play

Hi Thomas!
That was really cool. I especially liked your observation of the thumbnails on Netflix. It had never occurred to me that those changes with a purpose, using different thumbnails to make the same movie appeal to different viewers. It’s an interesting idea that being in Mexico might influence your algorithm.
I really liked your presentation style by the way, very slick.
I also didn’t know some of those movies were on Netflix and now I’m going to go watch them…
Monica

David’s algorithm play

Hi David,
I didn’t think there would be so many songs with the word algorithm in it. It feels like really random music content. The real question is, did they use the word correctly or did it just fit in with the lyrics?
I had a similar experience in mine about Pinterest. I have been using it for a long time so it actually took a bit of effort to get my feed to change.
That’s an interesting point about how AI is a term that is being used to so broadly now, to improve marketing of a product or just make it sound better in some regard.
Capitalism dying because w all die does sound fairly possible. At least is what the media is saying is true. Which is probably isn’t, or maybe it is. Anyway, go wash your hands!
Back to algorithms, that was another great point of relating algorithm play on platforms to social groups. Platforms such as Pinterest or Spotify, it’s about who you know, not the work itself.
Overall, very interesting and I liked the Podcast style.
Monica

Iryna’s algorithm play

Hi Iryna!
I liked your artifact, that was such a cool idea to have so many people from all over to do the same search and see if it changed from the location. I also didn’t know that there was no Google in China. An interesting point about considering if technology is further entrenching the social divide.
I agree with you about the whole “giving the customer what he doesn’t yet know he wants.” It’s such a bizarre concept but then very in line with all advertizement. Stores put charcoal next to grills, milk next to bread, jeans next to t-shirts, to insight the idea of what you are going to want next.
I also loved your idea about how its “googles” as it is how we look through it and see the world.
Really well done!
Monica

Post to Iryna’s Ethnography

Hi Iryna,
I liked your timeline, it was a great way to show your experience and see how it grew over the course you took. I hadn’t taken many notes pertaining to the experience as it continued on and I regret that now.  It is interesting to see the course change over time and see the community grow. But even with the growth of the community, the number of comments decreased each week. Thanks for sharing your work!
Best,
Monica