A bit dated but still accurate. Algortihms exude the authority of objectivity but are of course highly political and ideological in their design. Outsiders can explore the political ramifications of an algorithm only through the trial and error of subjecting oneself to it. This can easily lapse into a form of self-experimentation with the algorithm as a mind-altering, reality-shaping substance, rather than an experimentation on the algorithm in an effort to elucidate the code.

Can an algorithm be wrong? Twitter Trends, the specter of censorship, and our faith in the algorithms around us


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