The networked individual is defined by their way of connecting, communicating, and exchanging information through looser, more fragmented networks both on and offline rather than tightly knit and wound communities, groups, families, and villages. Yet at the same time, networked individualism locks people into their own internet filter bubbles, a term coined by Eli Pariser. In the filter bubble, algorithms on Google’s personalized search and Facebook’s user-centric news feed offer up the information that you, the user, want to receive. While networked individualism is looser and more fragmented, it isn’t a great space for learning the viewpoints of people whose opinions are unlike your own.
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