A mere 37 years ago — and really it feels like just yesterday — the United States played in a hockey game. It was called: an Olympic semifinal I mean the Miracle On Ice. Oh yeah, the United States of America back when it was really great was able to beat the Soviet Union (or “Russia” in today’s parlance) in a game without broader implications or the transference of anxieties.
They killed him. They murdered Ricky. My cousin, Ricky, was killed on January 1,, 2016 in Chicago. He was the city’s 3rd homicide victim that year. When I got word of his murder, all I knew for sure was that he’d been shot to death. The rest of details were still really sketchy, so I did what most people would do when they wanted more information, I turned to the news. I visited the local website of a major media outlet. They didn’t say any more about the case than what I already knew—except for one thing—they made certain to describe my late cousin as a “documented gang member.” That stopped me. In some ways, that made me feel as if Ricky had been murdered a second time. Don’t get me wrong,
It’s easy for people to live in a “filter bubble” of media that reinforces their worldview and excludes other views, whether they consume it via Facebook, favorite news websites, or preferred TV channels. Technology such as social media “lets you go off with like-minded people, so you’re not mixing and sharing and understanding other points of view,” said Bill Gates in a recent interview with Quartz. Gates is one of a growing number of technology leaders wrestling with the issue of filter bubbles, a term popularized by Upworthy co-founder Eli Pariser in a 2011 book.