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The Filter Bubble

“It is an unfortunate fact that most people will tend to only see information which confirms their current beliefs”


Filter bubble

“Facebook was looking at which links I clicked on, and it was noticing that I was clicking more on my liberal friends’ links than on my conservative friends’ links. And without consulting me about it, it had edited them out. They disappeared.” (Eli Pariser)


It is an unfortunate fact that most people will tend to only see information which confirms their current beliefs. Thanks to choosing friends with similar beliefs, choosing news programs which report things in a way which we find agreeable, and now thanks to the filter bubble concept, even Google and Facebook are selectively giving us more of what we have previously indicated we liked and clicked on.

This is a real problem for those of us who are interested in genuinely finding the truth in this sea of opinions. How do we inform ourselves completely when everywhere we look (whether by design or by accident) we only see more self-confirming bias? Perhaps more importantly, how do we reach everyone else who is trapped in their own bubble of self-confirmation, and don’t even realise it?

In an attempt to help with this problem we have recently launched an application which provides a surprisingly simple way out of this self-confirmation bubble for anyone who cares to look. It is called rbutr, and it simply allows people to connect one webpage which makes a claim, to another webpage which rebuts that claim. In doing so, any future visitors to the original claim webpage are then able to see that that page has been rebutted, and can easily click through to read the rebuttal.



Bee Friendly Zones


Copied from theTransitionTownTotnes Newsletter 65 – April 2012


Bee Friendly Zones with Bridgit Strawbridge [‘it isn’t easy being green series] and Phil Chandler author of ‘The Barefoot Beekeeper’ and an internationally recognized exponent of natural beekeeping.

We are really pleased that Brigit Strawbridge from the BBC2 series ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ and a passionate campaigner for all types of bees, will be speaking alongside Totnes’ own Phil Chandler.



Honeybees are vital to our way of life

We’ve all heard about the threat to honey bees from colony collapse disorder but few people realize that Bumble Bees and hundreds of other essential pollinating insects are also under threat from pesticides, declining habitats and the loss of biodiversity in our towns and countryside.

Brigit and Phil will be outlining the problems but also explaining just what we can do, in our own gardens, allotments, streets and communities, to create Bee Friendly Zones. Not to be missed…


Tuesday 17th April.TotnesMethodistChurch.  8pm.  £4/£3 conc.