We made more. And it was less valuable.

So over time, we (the media) built up scale in digital to replace user value. We thought we could solve with numbers (the new, seemingly infinite numbers the internet and social media provides) what we couldn’t solve with attention. And with every new set of eyeballs (or clicks, or views) we added, we diminished the merit of […]

Search is indifferent to the truth

From the algorithm’s perspective, the Answers in Genesis page is the optimal result for our particular search. First of all, its headline, “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” differs by only one word from the search terms. Not to mention, a plurality of Americans believe in creationism, as Gallup polls have found consistently since 1982, […]

De nieuwe broek van de meisjes

De wereldkampioenschappen wielrennen werden verreden in Ponferrada, Spanje. Ik dacht terug aan het WK van 2003 in Hamilton, Canada. Dat WK vormde het onderwerp van mijn thesis tot het behalen van de titel van licentiaat in de politieke en sociale wetenschappen, optie communicatiewetenschappen. Samen met mijn vader heb ik toen elke uitzending van elke wedstrijd op […]