echo chambers

Digital public: looking at what algorithms actually do

The development and expansion of today’s communications platforms have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed. In particular, the traditional boundary between personal and public communication has disappeared. A prime example is a 2017 case involving the American actor William Shatner – best known for having played […]

Video: What we really know about filter bubbles

Talk, presented in German on May 10th at re:publica in Berlin with Christian Stöcker (dubbed version below) Intermediaries like Facebook judge the relevance of content based on the public’s immediate reaction to a much greater degree than do traditional media.  Use of these intermediaries for forming public opinion is leading to a structural change in public […]

The digital public – How algorithmic processes influence social discourse

Essentially this paper answers three key questions relating to public communication and opinion in the digital age: 1. Media transformation: How is public discourse changing because of the new digital platforms through which many people now receive socially relevant information? When all age groups are considered, intermediaries driven by algorithmic processes, such as Google and […]