This podcast was extremely entertaining whilst doing my weekly chores. It was enlightening to ‘listen’ to a conversation about data and algorithms rather than trying to concentrate on text whilst being stationary. I’m an active person and find it difficult for my brain to concentrate if my body is screaming for me to ‘move’. The episode left me a little overwhelmed by the extent of how data is used but fascinated at how we have evolved as a species. Machines and computer science has allowed us to overcome and create opportunity for many despite the fear that it can be used for the wrong reasons. Lister (2009) speaks of technology as invisible in an era of ‘technologically mediated self expression’. The customer is valuable and ‘we’ the people will deliver the content. Organisations and companies are creating operations that make even people with no technical skills or ability expand and publish information.
Lister, M. … [et al.], (2009) “Chapter 3. Networks, users and economics” from Martin Lister … [et al.], New media: a critical introduction pp.163-236, London: Routledge