Can search engine rankings swing elections?

Reply Thu 11 Aug, 2016 07:49 pm
Came across this article the other day: Can search engine rankings swing elections?

It's an interesting subject and the piece makes a few good, if also fairly obvious, observations. For example when it points at the inherent risks of a near-monopolistic player like Google controlling a utility as universally used as web search. Or at the pitfalls of our increasing dependence on algorithms in terms of the news and information we see, and the problematic nature of how those are widely portrayed or perceived as representing some kind of superior objectivity.

But there's something about the whole thing that just feels off to me. I can't quite put my finger on it, though, beyond its use of glib acronyms and such, and how I feel it engages in too much hyperbole. I just kind of come away with the impression that the author either doesn't truly understand the nature of what he's discussing or, more likely, let confirmation bias get the best of him in an understandable desire to make striking claims and identify conclusive evidence. But all of that's more of an intuitive reaction on my part, really, than something I can really argue. What do you think about what he says?
  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 0 • Views: 4,386 • Replies: 0
No top replies


Related Topics

Obama '08? - Discussion by sozobe
Let's get rid of the Electoral College - Discussion by Robert Gentel
McCain's VP: - Discussion by Cycloptichorn
Food Stamp Turkeys - Discussion by H2O MAN
The 2008 Democrat Convention - Discussion by Lash
McCain is blowing his election chances. - Discussion by McGentrix
Snowdon is a dummy - Discussion by cicerone imposter
TEA PARTY TO AMERICA: NOW WHAT?! - Discussion by farmerman
  1. Forums
  2. » Can search engine rankings swing elections?
Copyright © 2023 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.04 seconds on 12/02/2023 at 10:30:53