Is Google indoctrinating us? The attached screen shots are what Google returns today when you start typing a search query for "women can " and "men can " - the results appear as if hand tuned to push a political or social belief. While you might be a supporter of the messaging of the "women can" and "men can" suggested search results, what happens if Google starts favoring a view you don't support?
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If you can get your hands on any psyops ( psychological operations ) materials, and in particular the ones designed for peaceful campaigns you will probably cease to function in society.
Google is definitely biased, and in fact they deliberately boost certain sites to direct more traffic there. That's why I use www.duckduckgo.com . They give results based on relevance rather than who pays them the most, and they can even show non-listed sites Google won't list at all.
It really has nothing to do with "what Google wants you to see" and everything to do with what other people are looking up. It's all because of an algorithm that gathers information based on what other people have typed into the search bar. It gives you the most common endings to the "men can", "women can", or whatever beginnings. That's all.
I don't get quite the same predictions.
Isn't the prediction algorithm based on popular searches? Assuming so, wouldn't it be relatively easy for a third party to manipulate popular searches with a bot net? This is just taking advantage of the kind of sloppy simplistic coding that google search has evolved into.
Personally, I can't stand google search these days. I don't give a shit what's popular, but that seems to be what it pushes, no matter what you search for. I long for google search of the late '90s, when I could actually find info a lot more easily. Remember "search within these results" and boolean operators? How nice it would be to sort results in specific ways, like time, instead of the only way google offers, supposedly "best match."
I'm less worried about indoctrination of any sort when it comes to these platforms (because we know which side makes most of those claims . . .) than I am worried about how the algorithms create unintended consequences.
A few years back, I wrote pieces on my blog concerned with this.In around 2014, I begun to notice how the more conspiratorially inclined in my social groups (really, the more gullible people around me) were largely basing their world view off of micro-targeted content. Something that I then thought was unhealthy at best, potentially dangerous at worse (if were dealing with someone with a volatile mental health state pursuing a volatile subject matter). I just never thought that this could be ratcheted up to the macro level. Or at least, not nearly as easily as it turned out to be.
I suspect the results are less a scheme to indoctrinate and more a combination of your personal search history being analyzed in conjunction with a huge chunk of other search histories.
The more information and metadata you vacuum up, the more you can play with that material to find consistencies. And when you find those, the more you can use them on your user base to keep their eyes glued to this service.
It's all about monetizing your attention. Some platforms do it by designing apps to be more psychologically addictive than slot machines (HELLO SnapChat!). Others do it by making use of every single informational breadcrumb you give them.
And now, these things are even starting to take a biochemical turn. People are freely spiting into viles and sending this extremely personal material off to learn their genetic history, to get a false picture of what diseases they may be at risk of, to get a false picture of what foods they are allergic too. All the while, likely not considering what happens to this information later. How it could become a part of a persons advertising matrix 5 or 10 years down the road when the market figures out how to monetize your DNA.
A bit tangential. But when it comes to this topic, it's almost never as clear cut as one would like it to be.
One is right to look for look for deception. But rather than basing the suspition on bias, just follow the money.
Yup my results are much the same and I stay off Google except where I need it for certain things that don't run on Firefox. So it's not going on any political bias I have - I don't use it for news or searches - I use it to pay bills. (see first two screenshots).
Now they would have a bias from what I do with email etc. I have no doubts about that and what I do with FB - but I doubt that's all of it? I'm sure they have a book on what I searched back before I switched to FF.
I'll check Firefox next and see how the searches compare.
Well it might be time for a new browser - the results were almost identical. *Firefox has Google as the search engine - however - it's based on my searches I'm sure. So it's mildly altered.
Of course I do have a certain slant when I search. I wonder how someone who isn't from the left would fare doing this test on their browser?
That's the screenshots I want to see. To see if they're peddling the same thing to everyone.
This post is a demonstrateson a much larger problem.
truth and therefore our reality, can be manipulated by simply changing a website in this case Google. the book" 1984" Orwell gives us a shocking metaphor into the dangers of totalitarianism. as you might remember Winston's job was to change the records of the past to match the current reality. this can be done with Google all-in-one quick stroke of the keyboard. it won't be long and there will be no other references and it will be our fault.
" we never should have trusted them"
Funny story : Recently I decided I was getting too fat so I started looking at alcohol as a contributing factor so I thought I'd consider vodka. I thought I'd look at sugar in my booze so I began googling "is there any sugar" and it autofilled "in vodka". Either Google is getting to know me too well or there are a lot of people wondering about the sugar content of vodka. Like me.