It's not often that a teen tells their parent that they are correct about something. So, this morning when I received a posting from our son that said, "Hey Mom - This is what you were talking about," I was excited. He sent me a link to a disturbing TED video. I found it interesting that a millennial cares about the message of this video, and was concerned that his access to a cross section of material is actually biased.
This is another reason students should use databases over Google for research. If we are now receiving search results catered to our previous search history, then the results will be aligned with our own personal world view. We might personally like that for ourselves, but we should admit for educational purposes, our research world should be unbiased.
As information professionals, and teachers using information to create common core aligned lessons, please take 9 minutes to watch this video. Your knowledge of "filter bubbles" data mining, and biased results on search engines will be beneficial in teaching today's youth--tomorrow's leaders. A part of me is outraged that for the love of money, we are now subtly, or subversively censored. How could a corrupt government use this to change minds? Hitler and Stalin would have a heyday. China might actually open up their search engines after all-- they could now control the mindset.