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Bias Information

on Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:53 pm
The way information is accessed has changed drastically throughout the years. From newspapers, to radio, to television, information has become more and more readily available to us. In 2018, it seems the most prominent way to obtain information is Google. So much so that the word “google” has turned into a verb. You don’t know something? Just “google” it. The ease of having so much information at your fingertips is incredible, but is it the information you really want? Google operates off income it generates from ads and this may present an issue with the trustworthiness of a Google search. Communications scholar Safiya U. Noble is quoted as saying, “what shows up on the first page of (a) search is typically highly optimized advertising-related content". This was backed up with an experiment she conducted on the search engine. During Black History Month, she ran a search for “black girls” in hopes to come across some information she could use to teach her nieces. What came up in her search? A whole lot of porn. This is a perfect example of a search engine being biased to algorithms based on advertising dollars. Google does not make information public for the betterment of society, but to make a dollar. How trustworthy do you think your Google searches are? Do you believe Google is interested in giving you the best sources for information, or the ones that make them the most money?


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on Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:43 pm
Your comments are on target that I can agree with. Google is merely a search engine as is Bing and Yahoo. In my opinion, Google is not a reliable source because it does not have its own information. It has contributors like you and I to add to the resources already in the database. There are some good sources that will provide some reliable information, but to solely rely on Google for the real information would be a big mistake. Google operates from filter bubbles which are governed by pass searches and is ranked based on a process that favors popularity. Google is a business so it’s obvious what their bottom line would be to make money. According to Google, the profit from advertising revenue comes from ads this is what drives their business at least 70%.
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Re: Bias Information

on Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:17 am
I agree google is in it just to make the money. It has sponsors and contributors who pay a lot of money to get their information up on the internet. Whoever provides the most money is the one who's site comes up first when their topic is researched. There are some good sources, but you really have to filter through and find those sources because the filter bubbles just show what they think you should be seeing up, instead of what you really want to be seeing. They base all their information on popularity and money instead of reliability and source accuracy.
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Re: Bias Information

on Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:24 pm
While we all recognize Google as a business and seem to all agree that our search results may be bias, how many different sources do you end up looking at before coming to a conclusion on a topic or issue? I'm not necessarily talking about research for academic purposes, but just on your own time. If you see something and want to know more about it. I am defiantly guilty of just clicking on the first source that comes up and digesting that information, and that information alone.
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Re: Bias Information

on Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:04 pm
I think we definitely have to be more aware of what we click on because it leaves a trail and a pattern for our next search results. I think Google will do some of both if we use it correctly. It will give us the best search results if we use other features it has to offer such as Google scholar, but for other topics, I think it also has to do with advertising. Also, if people did not trust Google to give us reliable sources so much it would not be so popular. So there must be some truth in the information we can "just google."

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Re: Bias Information

on Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:39 am
I think the majority of my google searches are trustworthy and yes I do think Google is interested in giving me the best information. However, throughout the years I have seen little interest that Google gives me when I research educational related topics. I do see a couple ads listed at the top of the page when I research something and I find it to be quite annoying. Nowadays, mostly everyone is about the money and it is sad because some brands are not interested in giving their customers what they want, for example, I prefer quantity over quality but the majority of brands want quality (money) over quantity (customers).
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