But instead of this spread of ideas making society more well-rounded and open-minded, it has caused individuals to section off into smaller echo chambers where contrary opinions are resisted or even thought of as immoral.
Is this due to algorithmic factors only? Or is there a problem with the way we look at ideas that are different from our own? It's probably both, but a recent incident suggests that we could all improve in our willingness to consider different points of view.
The Great Google Upheaval
Social media is currently buzzing over Google software engineer James Damore, who claims he was fired from the company for "perpetuating gender stereotypes." The whole debacle came to the public's knowledge after news spread that Damore had circulated an "anti-diversity memo" within the company.