Abstract

Data is part of everyday life, it affects people’s decisions, mutations and differences. In this project, I attempted to explore whether online communication resembles an “echo chamber” (as a result of selective exposure and ideological segregation). Start from the observation of political issues (e.g., 2016 Brexit and American presidential elections), to discuss that information was exchanged primarily among individuals with similar ideological preferences, and the consequences that when the fact contradicts the experience of believing. To face the disappointment associated with the destruction of expectation, the installation I intend to design is a guide for disillusion. To show the contrast between one’s preconceived ideas and objective reality, let people know the gap through visual design and other interactive experience. Once accepting the new and factual data, it would be helpful to try and reconstruct a new internal paradigm or map of reality that accommodates the new information.

Chapter Outline

  1. Introduction (starting point, inspiration, study field)
  2. How credible the data tells you (contextual research)
    2.1 Veracity in big data
    2.2 Filter bubble in algorithm design
    2.3 Echo chamber effect (in political/other issues)
  3. The guide of Disillusion  (my opinion)
    3.1 Objective Reality
    3.2 The disillusion of political/other issue
    3.3 Imperfect perfection
  4. Conclusion

Bibliography

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Rudder, C. (2015) Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity–What Our Online Lives Tell Us About Our Offline Selves Broadway Books

Bozdag, Engin (23 June 2013). “Bias in algorithmic filtering and personalization”. Ethics and Information Technology. 15 (3): 209–227.

Hosanagar, K. (2016) Blame the Echo Chamber on Facebook. But Blame Yourself, too at https://www.wired.com/2016/11/facebook-echo-chamber/ (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Trepanier, T.C. (2012) The Necessity of Disillusionment at https://www.sott.net/article/244527-The-Necessity-of-Disillusionment/ (Accessed: 24 April 2012).