The following lists papers and work in progress flowing from our research, which began at MSU, and was funded by Google Inc., on how people get access to information about politics. It was launched when I was director of the Quello Center at Michigan State University, but continues with me and colleagues at Quello and … Continue reading How People Look for Information about Politics
I had a fascinating and challenging week in Europe speaking about the Quello Center’s work on search and politics. The findings of our project, called ‘The Part Played by Search in Shaping Public Opinion’, suggested that concerns over fake news, echo chambers, and filter bubbles is ‘overhyped and underresearched’. The project was supported by Google, … Continue reading Talks in Europe on Quello Center’s Search and Politics Project
Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: Underresearched and overhyped Don’t panic: An international survey finds concerns about fake news are overblown. studiostoks/shutterstock.com William H. Dutton, Michigan State University In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped … Continue reading Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: Underresearched and overhyped: as appeared in The Conversation
I recently posted a short overview of the findings of one of our projects on fake news, filter bubbles, and echo chambers in The Conversation. All three are foci of panic over the potential political implications of new technologies, such as search algorithms and social media friending and de-friending mechanisms. Given the comments received and … Continue reading Fake News May Trump Other Current Panics over the Internet and Social Media
A report we just completed for the Quello Center on 'Search and Politics' concluded that most people are not fooled by fake news, or trapped by filter bubbles or echo chambers. For example, those interested in politics and with some ability in using the Internet and search, generally consult multiple sources for political information, and … Continue reading Why is the panic around echo chambers, filter bubbles, and fake news?