In 2011, I visited Scotland. While it was not my first time out of the US, it was my first time to Europe. There was so much that I fell in love with on that trip.
For example, I loved the European newspapers.
This may seem like an odd thing to “love” but when you are addicted to information, like I am, you tend to notice how different people interact with information and how the information is presented and what perspective is taken.
European newspapers, news channels, and general European conversations, while often featuring European issues (obviously), also discuss US politics and Middle Eastern happenings, and so on and so on. There was a certain amount of balance regarding the local happenings and the rest of the world.
It is as if there is more to the world than Europe!
By itself, this is an obvious statement. However, let’s look at American newspapers and news channels for a second.
While there IS world news in US channels and newspapers, there is a lot of weight on US happenings. The news is, shall we say, “filtered.”
This is not to say that there is NO filter on European news but the fact that I have to go to the European websites for information about the rest of the world says something about US news.
About two years ago, I started to notice something very odd on the Yahoo! home page. I was slowly seeing more and more world news. This is fine but I also wanted to look at news from the US and maybe something science-y.
When I would go to Yahoo! from any computer other than my own, I would see a lot of stories for celebrities but no world news or I would see a lot of advice pages but not US news.
There is an explanation for this.
The internet is becoming tailored for each user.
Now, I no longer go to Yahoo! for my news but it definitely showed me how I am slowly being put in a bubble without truly realizing it.