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From the Ted Talk "Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles""

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

So when I was growing up in a really rural area in Maine, the Internet meant something very different to me. It meant a __________ to the _____. It meant something that would connect us all together. And I was sure that it was going to be great for _________ and for our society. But there's this shift in how information is flowing online, and it's invisible. And if we don't pay attention to it, it could be a real _______. So I first noticed this in a place I spend a lot of time — my Facebook page. I'm ___________, politically — big surprise — but I've always gone out of my way to meet conservatives. I like _______ what they're thinking about; I like seeing what they ____ to; I like learning a thing or two. And so I was surprised when I noticed one day that the conservatives had ___________ from my Facebook feed. And what it turned out was going on was that Facebook was looking at which links I clicked on, and it was noticing that, actually, I was ________ more on my liberal friends' links than on my conservative friends' links. And without consulting me about it, it had edited them out. They disappeared.

Solution

  1. progressive
  2. democracy
  3. clicking
  4. disappeared
  5. connection
  6. link
  7. world
  8. problem
  9. hearing

Original Text

So when I was growing up in a really rural area in Maine, the Internet meant something very different to me. It meant a connection to the world. It meant something that would connect us all together. And I was sure that it was going to be great for democracy and for our society. But there's this shift in how information is flowing online, and it's invisible. And if we don't pay attention to it, it could be a real problem. So I first noticed this in a place I spend a lot of time — my Facebook page. I'm progressive, politically — big surprise — but I've always gone out of my way to meet conservatives. I like hearing what they're thinking about; I like seeing what they link to; I like learning a thing or two. And so I was surprised when I noticed one day that the conservatives had disappeared from my Facebook feed. And what it turned out was going on was that Facebook was looking at which links I clicked on, and it was noticing that, actually, I was clicking more on my liberal friends' links than on my conservative friends' links. And without consulting me about it, it had edited them out. They disappeared.

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