Evgeny Morozov zu den Gefahren von automatisiertem Journalismus

Für gewöhnlich ist mir der Technologie-Pessimismus von Evgeny Morozov ein wenig too much. In diesem Artikel für Slate, trifft er den Nagel allerdings auf den Kopf, was eine mögliche Gefahr von automatisiertem Journalismus betrifft: Was für eine Welt wäre es, wenn jeder Artikel aufgrund der Interessen und der Bildung des Lesers individuell generiert würde? Eine, deren Grad der gesellschaftlichen Atomisierung noch einmal vervielfacht würde. Scary.

Until recently, many Internet critics have feared that such personalization of the Internet may usher in a world in which we see only articles that reflect our existent interests and never venture outside of our comfort zones. Social media, with its never-ending flurry of links and mini-debates, have made some of these concerns obsolete. But the rise of “automated journalism” may eventually present a new and different challenge, one that the excellent discovery mechanisms of social media cannot solve yet: What if we click on the same link that, in theory, leads to the same article but end up reading very different texts?How will it work? Imagine that my online history suggests that I hold an advanced degree and that I spend a lot of time on the websites of the Economist or the New York Review of Books; as a result, I get to see a more sophisticated, challenging, and informative version of the same story than my USA Today-reading neighbor. If one can infer that Im also interested in international news and global justice, a computer-generated news article about Angelina Jolie might end by mentioning her new film about the war in Bosnia. My celebrity-obsessed neighbor, on the other hand, would see the same story end with some useless gossipy tidbit about Brad Pitt.

via Narrative Science, robot journalists, customized news, and the danger to civil discourse. – Slate Magazine.

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