I also appreciate ideas for combining computer-aided discovery with experts who might push you in a fresh direction. Spotify has song playlists created by experts. Apple editors surface news articles and suggest apps for people to try. I want many more experiments like these.
News organizations including BuzzFeed News and The New York Times have tried projects to expose readers to opposing viewpoints. Facebook batted around a similar idea for recommending online forums that people might not ordinarily encounter, The Wall Street Journal reported last year.
Finding stuff that is different from what we usually like also requires us to be open to ideas, culture and diversions that challenge and surprise us. I wonder if most people have the willingness or time to do that.
In the sea of abundance online, I often fall back on the tried-and-true: wordof-mouth recommendations from people I know and from experts. When I’m looking for a new book, I ask bookworm friends or read professional reviewers.
I don’t think I trust the online crowds or algorithms, but I’m missing out. It feels as if the wonder is right at my fingertips, and I can’t quite reach it.
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