Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 12:28 UTC
Google "Google's quest to guess what we want before we want it has produced an unusual side effect: a disparity in the results the company presents about the presidential candidates. A Wall Street Journal examination found that the search engine often customizes the results of people who have recently searched for 'Obama' - but not those who have recently searched for 'Romney'." A confirmation bias' wet dream, this. The confirmation bias is already one of the root psychological causes of much of the problems in the world as it is - we really shouldn't have technology companies make it worse. Technology - and more specifically, the internet - should fight this bias, not affirm it.
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RE[2]: The article
by Alfman on Mon 5th Nov 2012 17:31 UTC in reply to "RE: The article"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Thom Holwerda,

Wsj.com is a paywall for me in NY, probably others elsewhere in the US too. Just want to make sure you know we don't all have access to the linked article.

It's ironic isn't it? Not everyone can read the article that talks about how the same web pages appear differently to different people.

Edited 2012-11-05 17:37 UTC

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RE[3]: The article
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 17:52 in reply to "RE[2]: The article"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

That's why I used a Google link. Should be accessible through that, right?

Also, linking through Google does little to address the irony issue here ;) .

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RE[4]: The article
by Alfman on Tue 6th Nov 2012 17:11 in reply to "RE[3]: The article"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Thom Holwerda,

"That's why I used a Google link. Should be accessible through that, right?"

Doesn't work for me. I disabled all blockers and still a no go. I tried to do the search directly from google, still not accessible.

I know what your talking about though, some news sites had a policy in place to enable one person to read the article from search engines, but when he'd send the link to others they'd have to pay.

Edit: To clarify, a paragraph excerpt is readable, but there's a link about becoming a subscriber to continue reading. Clicking that link shows a page that asks the user to become a 3 month subscriber for $22.

Edited 2012-11-06 17:27 UTC

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