As the crisis in Gaza and Israel plays out, the world
is paying attention online. That's where most of us
get our information, and it could be influencing how
we view the conflict.
Many of us see the world through an internet filter
and that can be dangerous when it comes to forming
opinions about major issues such as the conflict in
the Middle East.
If you use Facebook, for example, your news is processed
through a filter of things you are most likely to
"like." It may keep you engaged with the story, but
you will only be fed information that agrees with
your point of view or that of your friends.
And Facebook isn't the only company that uses these
algorithms to filter you news feed.
Eli Pariser, author of "The Filter Bubble," has warned
about the dangers of internet customization. He points
out that a Google search of a country or conflict
will yield completely different results for different
users, dependent upon what they have viewed in the
Yahoo News also personalizes stories to fit what the
company believes is the user's perspective.
The danger here is that instead of getting all sides
of the story, you are only seeing information that
supports your point of view.
So, if you're looking to get he full story, it's going
to require a little extra work.
You'll have to actually seek out stories from multiple
viewpoints. But, as you do your search, make sure
you are looking for stories from credible news journalists
rather than getting information from blog posts or