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Search Engines Manipulate Voters   2 comments

http://journalistsresource.org/studies/politics/elections/using-search-engines-impacts-voter-decisions?utm_source=JR-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JR-email&utm_source=Journalist%27s+Resource&utm_campaign=1213686eaf-2015_Sept_1_A_B_split3_24_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12d86b1d6a-1213686eaf-79931141

I already knew this, which is why I often skip to the bottom of the first page or to subsequent pages, but when I told a friend that I did this, she insisted that my practice led to “nutjob, fact-less sites” and that I was better off sticking with the “best” sites at the top of the page.

This friend is a social worker and very liberal-progressive. She finds a lot of resonance in those “best” sites and considers anyone who doesn’t agree with her to be slightly imbalanced. My friend is not ignorant. She does a lot of research. But she has a false belief that she is being told the truth and refuses to look outside her bubble for contrarian facts.

I, on the other hand, often read those articles at the top of the page, but I don’t believe them and go looking for the contrarian facts because I believe that you really don’t know the facts if you haven’t read them all.

One of the things the article brought out is that low information voters are greatly influenced by SEO rankings. So there’s a push here in Alaska — and I presume elsewhere — to force everybody to vote. This manipulation of SEO rankings should concern us greatly if everyone — even the ill-informed — will be forced to vote.

 

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