Testing the Myth of Enclaves

A discussion of research designs for assessing algorithmic curation

Authored by: Jacob Ørmen

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138283053
eBook ISBN: 9781315270449
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315270449-11

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Abstract

More and more of the information we receive in the world is curated by algorithms. Every time people use digital intermediaries, such as social network sites or search engines, computer programs guide us to the information that serves our needs (supposedly). As these services play an increasingly important role as access points to news and information (Newman et al., 2016), users rely more and more on algorithms to guide them to what they encounter on the internet. News organizations also depend heavily on digital intermediaries to serve news to their readers. In this relationship, search engines and social network sites act as algorithmic gatekeepers (Bozdag, 2013) in the intersection between content producers and users. It remains a crucial task for journalism research and practitioners alike to understand how algorithmic curation affects the type of information users are exposed to and interact with.

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