The Facebook Friend in the Plastic Bubble
Are we filtering ourselves to death?
Jesse Walker | July 14, 2011
Every one of us has our perceptions filtered by the thousands of stories and assumptions and rituals that constitute our culture. Every one of us has held beliefs that seemed self-evidently accurate but were actually contingent elements of the time and place that produced us. This is true not just of the people reading this article, but of every person, in every era, who has been capable of perceiving anything at all. You can stretch those perceptions, expose yourself to new worldviews, learn new things, but you'll always be embedded in a cultural matrix. That's Anthropology 101.
So it's bizarre to hear pundits speaking as though these filters were invented with the Internet.