August 10th, 2018

It’s not the algorithms that need fixing, it’s us taking control back

So so much this from Cal Newport:

We don’t need to convince YouTube to artificially constrain the effectiveness of its AutoPlay algorithm, we should instead convince users of the life-draining inanity of idly browsing YouTube.

When we just let the algorithms take over for us we give away so much of our responsibility. We get too lazy to make decisions.

It’s time to start taking control back.

Over a year ago I unfollowed so many people and muted so many words on Twitter. Those changes made my experience and engagement with the platform much better. I still need to be careful not to fall in to brain dead watching of the feed, but it’s a place I like again.

How are you taking control?