Thursday, November 17, 2016
An inspiration TED talk for confirmation bias
Previously, I wrote a piece of post in the blog to focus on "Use of Internet is a way to either confirm or reduce our bias?" (for more detail, please click on http://onlinemhs.blogspot.hk/2016/11/use-of-internet-is-way-to-either.html). In fact, human beings have a strong tendency to find adequate resources, materials and even raw data to confirm own viewpoints, whereas they ignore and pay less attention to those ideas from the opposite side (I highlighted on the previous article). However, do we even image how popular websites, social networking platform and search engine, such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, Yahoo and so on, shape our beliefs, values and thoughts. Yahoo News in Hong Kong is a classical instance. The page of Yahoo News entirely excludes all the news or updated report provided by Apply Daily or some anti-governmental journals. It is necessary to consider a hidden agenda of the site, which core function is to either increase public interests or work as a mouthpiece of the government. Eli Pariser in 2011 delivered some reflective and prospective messages on public speech from TED, which was called "Beware online filter bubbles" and reminded all human beings (in particular, the online users) to think how the web blocks our innovative ideas and filters our thinking process. Pariser also highlighted that not just do we look at those relevant and important information but also those challengeable, uncomfortable and opposite as well. If you feel free, just take a look the video.