How satisfied are you with your reading experience?
After any particular article, are you fulfilled with a wealth of knowledge or inspiration?
I’ve written some about the weirdness of “recommended for you” lists.
In The New Analog – a discussion about the things between when the music is created and when we ultimately consume a recorded product. There is a lot of noise that used to happen between the two events – from all of the equipment doing the weird things that electrical pathways do, to the distribution and marketing around the product, the live show that might introduce you to the recorded product, or the record store.
Today, everything from production to distribution to listening has a lot less noise to it. And that might not be a good thing. Filtering out noise to just deliver the signal seems like a good thing, in theory, but it might result in a diminished product.
The example given on Spotify or Pandora – using extensive algorithms to suggest new music to you without actually telling you why the music is being suggested. This used to happen by information in the liner notes or from suggestions of friends or retailers. Now, there is an image and a title but no reasoning as to why you are being presented with this new tune.
In these days when it feels like there are infinite sources of media and news to consume, it can feel impossible to just browse something new. Lists of things being algorithmically referred choke up the time, and falling behind on these lists can enlist a feeling of dread. There is no time to peruse the bargain bins or wander through the stacks. There is no chance of accidentally finding something anymore.
When the world is all signal, no noise – that’s a kind of noise in and of itself. When signal becomes static is any of it really worth listening to?