Wed 7 Dec 2011
NPR just ran their interview with me on “Morning Edition” — you can hear the piece and read the transcript online. The piece makes the nice, general point that algorithms like Twitter Trends make choices about what kinds of topics to highlight and present back to users, though they might seem like neutral calculations. I try to make a more substantive claim, that to even think of it as “bias” is too simple a means for understanding both the politics of the algorithm and the politics of how we represent the public back to itself, in the Culture Digitally blog post that first addressed Twitter Trends: “Can an algorithm be wrong?”. (It was also cross-posted here and on Microsoft’s Research’s “Social Media Collective” blog, and was reprinted by Salon.com). I’m also working on a piece for Limn that pushes on these two concerns a bit more.