Filterworld review: Are algorithms staging a cultural takeover?


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Just finding out more about a book or film may help resist the algorithms operating in our world

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Kyle Chayka (Doubleday Books)

IT MAY seem a truism to say that our lives are ruled by algorithms – doomscrolling and filter bubbles have entered the lexicon – but have we really collectively reckoned with how they have transformed our culture and personalities?

In Filterworld: How algorithms flattened culture, Kyle Chayka, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, argues convincingly that the shift towards algorithmically curated feeds, used everywhere online from Instagram…

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