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I blog about webdesign, new media, WebVR and the future.

About a week ago I purchased ' The Orange Box' as a second-hand game because I wanted to play Half-Life 2 again. I've played Half-Life 2 when it first came out in 2004 but I've never played it through. Starting the game I was bummed out because of the graphics. I know the game is over eight years old but it almost made me quit the game. It's hard to get immersed with something if you are distracted by the graphics.
Last week I was standing on a train platform waiting for my train. On the opposite side of the platform a train was about to leave. All doors were closed except for one. The conductor was keeping the door open so people, who came just a few seconds to late, could still board the train. But after these people were on the train some more people came running so he kept the doors open to ensure they were also able to get on as well. And every time the last person entered the train another one popped up running to catch the train.
As I've discussed in my previous blog post we are living in a digital environment which is limiting us more and more every day. Before we know it we become slaves of our own preferences. Automated recommendation services will narrow our vision, destroy our creativity and dumb us down. Here are some ways I try to avoid the Filter Bubble: Movies
When I Google for 'car' I will get different results when you use Google to search for 'car'. This was a real shock to me. I always thought Google was objective and gave me the right results based on their algorithm. I had no idea this algorithm also included parts which had to do with my personal preferences. I came to this revelation when I read  the 'Filter Bubble' by Eli Pariser. And this isn't just Google.